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Alex Batista

Cuban pop singer/songwriter Alex Batista produced his American debut in 1999 having a self-titled LP issued about WEA’s Latin imprint.

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Seguida

An East Coastline Latin rock-band that mixes in a definite mixture of Afro-Cuban, salsa, R&B, soul, funk, jazz, and hip-hop elements, Seguida were shaped in 1972 when bassist and arranger Randolph Ortiz, then only 19 yrs . old, acquired the vision to mix two Bronx barrio rings, Latin Spirit Inc. …

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Tito Puente

By virtue of his warm, flamboyant stage manner, longevity, continuous touring, and appearances within the media, Tito Puente is just about the most beloved symbol of Latin jazz. But a lot more than that, Puente were able to maintain his music amazingly fresh on the decades; like a timbales virtuoso, …

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Arte Mixto

Offering two guitars, bass, violin, and a thorough selection of percussion tools, Cuba’s Arte Mixto mixes traditional up-tempo Cuban music with components of classical music, jazz, flamenco, salsa, and samba. Led by violinist Alexis Correa, the music group shaped in the first ’90s in the town of Cienfuegos Todas las …

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Arsenio Rodríguez

Arsenio Rodríguez, perhaps one of the most important statistics in the annals of Cuban music, was a prolific composer (he penned near 200 music), tresero, percussionist, and bandleader whose enhancements changed the facial skin of Latin dance music and paved just how for what would eventually become referred to as …

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Afro-Cuban All Stars

Aimed by ex-Sierra Maestra drummer Juan De Marcos Gonzalez, the Afro-Cuban All Stars have already been necessary to the developing worldwide popularity of Afro-Cuban music. Their 1997 recording, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta, was the first ever to be recorded through the now-legendary Buena Vista Sociable Club classes. A multi-generational …

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Yusa

Blessed and raised within the Buena Vista region, now referred to as Playa, Yusa divide her time taken between her like of music and her like of the ocean. Inspired by her dad, who was simply a sailor, Yusa began playing electric guitar at a age, shifting to piano and …

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Project

Orlando Valle, known with the nickname Maraca, formed the Afro-Cuban Jazz Task after many years of reputation in his local Havana being a respected jazz flute participant. The group has a curious mixture of guaracha, bolero, and traditional jazz filtered through a few of Cuba’s esteemed indigenous players. The lineup …

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Antonio Machín

An operatic tenor who broke the colour barrier in another of Cuba’s most prestigious orchestras, along with a music ambassador to america and Europe, Antonio Machín was a pivotal shape in the annals of Cuban music who’s not necessarily remembered therefore. While possibly the best sonero from the pre-war period, …

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Monguito

b. Memoryón Quian, Manguito, Matanzas Province, Cuba. Entitled ‘Un Unico’ (THE INITIAL), this Afro-Cuban vocalist, composer, music group leader, manufacturer Monguito, sings in an average Cuban design with an immediately recognizable, nasal tone of voice. He performed with several rings in Cuba, and Mexico, where he also proved helpful in …

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