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Jose Vega Santana, " REMI", is considered by many the greatest Puerto Rican professional clown. From an early age, REMI dreamed of becoming part of the entertainment scenario. He began as a speaker and musical programmer in radio., and later he joined the ‘Maria Teresa Miranda Theater Company". In the mid 1970’s, Vega studied psychology in the Inter-American University. During that period he also took painting classes at the School of Plastic Arts in San Juan. It was there where he and other students decided to begin a market of craftsmen at the Luis Muñoz Creek. The main intention of "mercado" (market) was to offer painting and drawing classes to small children. Occasionaly they would dress as clowns, and then Vega created and developed the character REMI around 1980.

In just a short time they became such popular figures that they decided to form a group which they called " Los Dulces Payasos” The Sweet Clowns. In 1983, Vega and the group received an offer from television producer Tommy Muñiz to do a program on channel 7. The channel offered its own exclusive space for the presentation of a children’s program. In addition, they recorded an album with the musical compositions by Vega. Los Dulces Payasos had the distinction of being the first cultural clowns who created new songs for the children of Puerto Rico. In 1985, Jose Vega developed a new concept in television for children, the show “Chiquimundo”, which’s primary target was the education of children. This presentation was also transmitted on channel 7, with it’s producer Rafa Muñiz. Along with “Remi”, the clowns “Colorina” and “Cascabel” were also featured. The show became a full success and a favorite of children and parents in Puerto Rico and in 1986, the three clowns recorded an album for children. Vega and musician-conductor and composer Pedro Rivera Toledo united their talents and did the theater production "El Soldadito de Plomo" in which Jose Vega had the stellar paper. In the year 2000, Jose Vega was selected to represent Puerto Rico in the international festival "OTI" that took place in Acapulco, Mexico. In the festival he interpreted one of his own compositions, "Con una canción" with which he obtained the first place in the best singer category. He gained in addition a second prize for the best composer. Jose Vega was received as a hero in his return to the island and he was granted an honorary mention by the House and the Senate of Puerto Rico, in recognition to his distinguished career.

REMI believes that the bet way to educate is through fun and enjoyable ways. The key for him is music. By sharing positive messages with the children, a better future can be expected for all. For REMI, a smile from a child is what makes him the happiest. Family, preservation of the environment, friendship, and justice are common topics in his songs and messages. From babies to grandparents watch him program and enjoy his shows. The programs is broadcasted in over 70 cities in the US with an audience close to one million. In 2008 he was named to a Latin Grammy by best recorded production in the infantile category. Also, Jose Vega (REMI) is in the Guiness Book of World Records for the most recordings (30) by a infantile-juvenile artist. His has visited more than 30 countries. He also has a weekly TV show on PBS Puerto Rico (WIPR, channel 6). His recording ‘Salvemos el Planeta’ sold more than 100,000 copies.

REMI has a campaign in which he exchanges war toys for CD’s and educational and creative toys. He is also involved in a Keep Puerto Rico Beautiful campaign with which he has helped plant 50,000 tress around the island. He has sponsored projects with UNICEF, Amnesty International, The Lung Association, The Autism Association and The Puerto Rican Parade of New York.

On 2008 he was nominated for Best Children Production for the Latin Grammys. On may 2009 he created Foundation ReMi, who help children all around the world on extreme poverty. On november 2009 Foundation Remi gave food, clothe, shoes, books, medicine and toys to 20,000 kids and their families.

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