Originally come up with simply by producers Greg Landau and Robert Leaver to get a one-off recording session along with a concert in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA in November 1994. Ritmo Y Candela was centered around famous Cuban percussionists Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdés, Jose Luis ‘Changuito’ Quintana and Orestes Vilato, augmented by Joe Santiago (bass), Rebeca Mauleon (piano), Enrique Fernández, (saxophone/flute) and different vocalists. Released a yr later as Tempo IN THE Crossroads, the original recording session presented an assortment of Cuban percussion exercises, Latin-jazz and funky salsa, with a good contact of calypso using one track. It had been well received and continued to earn the honor for Greatest Latin Dance Of 1995 at that years Grammy Honours. 1996’s African Crossroads once again presented Valdés, Quintana, Santiago and Fernández, with pianist Ivan ‘Melon’ Gonzalez and experienced drummer Walfredo de los Reyes Snr. among the brand new improvements to the line-up. Because the name suggests, the recording also noticed the audio broadening out to feature African components. With US-based Senegalese multi-instrumentalist Abdou M’boup playing on some paths and Zairian vocalist Samba Mapangala creating a significant contribution on two tracks. Another critical achievement, African Crossroads topped many Latin/globe music writers Greatest Of 1996 polls.