Manuel comes from a place where salsa is a major influence in peoples' lives. From a very young age, this music has been a big part of Manuel's life and it quickly became his passion.
His grandfather, Francisco Porras, taught him all there is to know about 'real' salsa. He spent his formative years listening to the likes of Ray Barreto, Ruben Blades, Richie Ray, Bobby Cruz and Lebron Brothers to name but a few. Manuel has had the opportunity of playing with David Pavon, Luisito Carion,Pedro Arroyo, Henry Fiol, Larry Harlow, Latin Clan, Luigi Texidor, Tony Vega, Dorance Lorza (Sexteto Cafe), Mariano Civico, Nacho Sanabria, Osvaldo Roman, and Pauline Henry (The Chimes).