Angel Vasquez y su Conjunto – La Gustadera
Discos Fuentes 1970

Angel Vasquez, front

Today’s contribution concerns a recent discovery. I heard
this lp and fel in love with it straight away. The combination
of acordeon, the strong rhythms, it’s roughness is just so
sweet. Angel Vasquez’s raw voice captured me instantly.
It may sound silly but I also love the image of the frontsleeve,
the simplicity of a yellow background with picture and text,
plain, simple and uncomplicated, big letters, it’s goood.
All together, a happy post,
get it & spread it..

tracks;

1 Sabalo caliente
2 Marucha
3 La gustadera
4 Fiestas cordobesas
5 Los sampayos
6 Chicha sabrosa
7 Chambacu
8 Pantalon caliente
9 El mosquito
10 El dia que te vi
11 Recuerdo al viento
12 Se atropella el castellano

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Los Corraleros de Majagual – ¡ Nos Fuimos !
Discos Fuentes 1975

Corraleros, front

Hello and good morning on this Easterday. I think it’s for the first
time we are having us a white Easter. Even with Chrsitmas we
had better weather, it’s cold and snowing on this 31st of march.
Spring just doesn’t realise we’re already entering april tomorrow.

Winter or spring, we play tropical music all year round so that
makes no difference. Today I’ll spoil you with some ‘Tropical de
Colombia’. From 1975 on Discos Fuentes de Medellin Colombia
we’ve got this wonderful album by Los Corraleros de Majagual.
This supergroup had relations with the most fantastic artists.
On this album alone we find Lisandro Meza, Eliseo Herrera,
Julio Erazo and Calixto Ochoa to name just a few. But they
also hosted Alfredo Gutierrez, Lucho Argain and Nacho
Paredes among many others. Great vocalists, hot
rhythmsection and horns, better don’t miss..

tracks;

1   El vivo y el bobo
2   El pobre pollo
3   El bailador
4   Mosaico
–    Mata de caña
–    Trigueñita
–    La tombola
5   Mosaico
–    Spanish flea
–    La chichera
6   La burrita
7   Palma de coco
8   Mosaico
–    Cartagenera
–    La cola del diablo
–    El machorrito
–    Yo conozco a claudia
9   Pompo del 66
10  Charanga internacional

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Lassissi Presenta Charanga Para Todos vol.1Sacodis LS-30, 1980

Charanga para todos, front

On ‘Sacodis’ we have this 1980 album. Aboudou Lassissi
presents Charanga para todos, charanga for everybody.
On this volume 1 we hear ‘Monguito’ as lead vocalist,
backed by Adalberto Santiago, José Alberto and Ronnie
Baro. On piano – Alfredito Valdez, bass – Joe Santiago,
trumpet – Hector Zarzuela, sax – Mario Ravira, trombone –
Esteve Torrez, drum – Manny Ramos, conga bongo –
Marcelino Valdez and bass guitar – Edy Guagua.
Strange thing is that album sleeve doesn’t say anything
about lead vocals. I found a site on the web that claims
it is just Monguito. However if I am not so sure, don’t we
hear Laba Sosseh in track 3, what do you think ?

tracks;

1 Son de la loma
2 En Guantanamo
3 En el monte
4 Se muere fermin

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Franco et l’O.K. Jazz à Paris, Pathé Marconi / EMI

Franco à Paris, front, cd size

If you’re into Cuban music and also into African, this is an
item not to miss. We can’t remember him enough, Franco and his
O.K. Jazz. This LP from the 60’s contains Cha cha cha, Rumba,
Pachanga and Charanga, give it a go.

tracks;

1 Mindondo ya kosuana
2 Baila mi Carabine
3 Colonel Bangala
4 Ven y ven y ven
5 Tango ngai nazalaki somele
6 Retroussons les manches
7 Matinda
8 O.K. Jazz elombe ngangate
9 Course au pouvoir

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Tito Rodriguez and his Orchestra – Charanga Pachanga, United Artists

Tito Rodriguez, front

Puerto Rican singer and percussionist Tito Rodriguez moved to New
York in the 30’s. He later became one of the biggest bandleaders
who worked all the big Latin clubs like the famous Palladium.

tracks;

1 Componte cundunga
2 Sobando el son
3 A callarse
4 Bacalao salao
5 Ahora me toca a mi
6 El latigo
7 Manteca de coco
8 Que cocine caridad
9 El panuelo
10 Oiganlo

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Pio Leiva – Sabor y Ritmo Tropical, Suaritos Records

Pio Leyva, front

It was in 1997, when ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ launched their
historic first cd with Ry Cooder, that I learned about Pio Leiva.
He was one of the singers, that worked with Compay Segundo
since the 50’s. Leiva was one of the main performers of the
Montuno genre, they called him ‘el Montunero de Cuba’.
He wrote the number ‘Francisco Guayabal’ that became a hit
via Beny Moré and played with Bebo Valdes and Noro Moralez.
I was one of the lucky visitors of the Amsterdam Carré Theater
when Wim Wenders made his movie of the Buena Vista Social Club,
an unforgettable evening.
This is an album on his own name and it’s a great one.
Listen to Pio Leiva !

tracks;

1 Mi chiquita
2 Bajo un palmar
3 Mireya
4 La juma de ayer
5 No te preocupes
6 Pescadores de Camaron
7 La noche buena
8 Un jardinero de amor
9 Torcuata
10 Que me digan feo
11 Cangrejada
12 Los golpes de caridad

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El Gran Pacheco – Cañonazo,Fania 1972

Until now we saw two great latinlabels at Global Groove.
the Colombian label, “discos Fuentes’ and New York label ‘SAR’.
It’s about time to post some latin of the great ‘Fania’, a New
York label that started early 70’s, correct me if I’m wrong.
One of Fania’s biggest stars through the years is without any
doubt, ‘Johnny Pacheco’. I quote the backcover of this LP;
Sound, rhythm, and change…..three words that seem to go
well with Johnny Pacheco. The sound was Charanga, the
rhythm was Pachanga,and the change was welcomed by
dancers around the world; but this is a restless world of
innovations, and the most restless of all is JOHNNY !
Change the sound, change the rhythm, charge the air with
musical energy……the flute become drums, the violins
become trumpets, blend in voices, and the metamorphosis
is complete. Fania Records is proud to launch this new
sound which is being presented to you,
the listener, by Johnny Pacheco.

tracks;

1 Cañonazo
2 Como mango
3 Pinareño
4 Cabio sile
5 Campeon
6 El kikiriki
7 Labrando la tierra
8 Fania
9 Yo soy guajiro
10 El pregonero
11 Dakar, punto final

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