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Joe Cuba

Joe Cuba, was a Spanish Harlem band leader and conga player who became known as the father of Latin boogaloo because of a string of innovative hit records in the 1960s and ’70s that fused Latin and soul elements. Originally the leader of a Latin band with jazz leanings, Mr. Cuba found commercial success by mixing rhythm and blues into his music and Spanish and English into his lyrics. Hits like “Sock It to Me Baby” and “Bang Bang,” both from 1967, demonstrated a crossover popularity that was unusual for the time, appealing almost equally to Latinos, blacks and mainstream audiences. “Joe was really the pioneer in making the move to singing in both languages, and it blended very well with those up tempos he liked to use,” said the jazz and salsa pianist Eddie Palmieri, who first met Mr

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Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide

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On Saturday February 29, Spanglish Fly will celebrate completing their tenth full year as America's leading producer and exporter of the wicked hot musical sauce known as Latin boogaloo with a special anniversary performance hosted by the legendary Brooklyn hotspot Barbes. The quintessential musical melting pot Spanglish Fly features musicians with roots in Puerto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Spanglish Fly: Ay Que Boogaloo!

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Jonathan Goldman sure seems like one interesting dude. An Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology, Goldman edited the seminal study Joyce and the Law (University of Florida Press, 2017) and leads one of the most famous reading groups for one of Joyce's most infamous works, Ulysses. And as lead trumpet and bandleader for New ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Heartbeats Full of Soul

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy Let Your Light Shine On MPS 2018 One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo

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Even down to its very sound, “boogaloo" is a curious word that represents a curiously Latin American music, born during the 1960s immigration wave that spread from Puerto Rico into New York City and simultaneously growing like a friendly weed in and around the pop, soul, rock, and jazz musical cultures that were blooming throughout the ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Sea to Shining Sea: Music Central to South and Latin America

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Aguankó Invisible Aguankó Music 2015 In 2012, conguero and composer Alberto Nacif, a Mexican native transplanted in Michigan, brought together some of the area's most skilled Afro-Cuban and Latin musicians to form Aguankó. Their small ensemble with a large Latin jazz sound herewith follows up their self-produced 2013 debut Elemental ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell Taking "Africa Caribe" on the Road

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell Taking "Africa Caribe" on the Road

Joaquin “Joe" Claussell does not need much of an introduction amongst the dance music aficionados. Be it as a DJ, a remix producer, a record label head (Sacred Rhythm, Spiritual Life), or even a record store manager/owner (Dance Tracks), he's been deeply involved in New York's and the international dance scene since way before it was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Hammock House": "Africa Caribe" Produced & Mixed by Joaquin "Joe" Clausell

"Hammock House": "Africa Caribe" Produced & Mixed by Joaquin "Joe" Clausell

Fania Records announced the release of a deluxe 2-disc set entitled Hammock House 'Africa Caribe' produced and mixed by the legendary Joaquin “Joe" Claussell. The project is a perfect marriage between old and new, a fresh take on classic sounds from the Fania archives. Late last year, Fania Records hand delivered the original multi-tracks (recording tapes) ...

A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio

Label: Fania
Released: 2010
Track listing: CD1: Do You Feel It (Remix) (with Ray Pollard); Hey Joe, Hey Joe (with Willie Torres); Bang Bang; It's Love; El Pito (I'll Never Go Back to Georgia); My Man Speedy! (with Willie Torres); Psychedelic Baby (You're Psychin' Up My Mind) (with Willie Torres / Bobby Marin); A Thousand Ways; Ain't It Funny What Love Can Do (with Ray Pollard); Swinging Mambo (with Willie Torres); Wabble-Cha (with Cheo Feliciano); I'm Insane (with Jimmy Sabater); Arinanara (with Cheo Feliciano); La Calle Esta Durisima (with Willie Garcia); Macorina; Los Dos; Y Joe Cuba Ya Llego (with Mike Guagenti). CD2: Boom Boom Lucumi; A las Seis (with Cheo Feliciano); Remember Me (with Cheo Feliciano); Aunque Tu (with Cheo Feliciano); Temptation (with Willie Torres); La Malanga Brava (with Willie Torres / Cheo Feliciano); Joe Cuba's Mambo (with Willie Torres); To Be With You (with Jimmy Sabater); Hecho y Derecho (with Willie Garcia); Componte Cundunga (with Cheo Feliciano); Pregon Cha Cha; Como Rien (with Cheo Feliciano); Jimmy's Jump (with Cheo Feliciano); Bochinchosa (with Cheo Feliciano); Mujer Divina (with Willie Torres); This is Love (with Jimmy Sabater); Mambo of the Times (with Willie Torres).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Cuba: A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio

Read "A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Exhaustive and exhausting (because you won't be able to stop dancing), A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio presents the first major retrospective of the 240 albums recorded by Joe Cuba, the Father of Latin boogaloo, and was released in February 2010 to commemorate the one year anniversary of his passing.Gilberto Navarro was ...


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