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Jul
27

SONG OF THE WEEK - BONGO BOY, JOE LOCO QUINTET

IT'S BACK!! Apologies to those who have missed the weekly Caramelo Song Of The Week selections; it's been a very busy few months at Caramelo with all the classes, performance teams and Caramelo events.

 

Nowwww... this week's song selection is a very popular & hot song at the moment, being played in Salsa socials, clubs, congresses and festivals everywhere. Brought to you by one of the top composers and pianists alongside his troupe, the Joe Loco Quintet! From being the pianist for the legendary Machito, to working alongside top band leaders such as Pupi, Joe Loco's melodic pinao play saw his music cross many genres from Latin to Jazz to American Classic Pop. 

 

I give you... the Joe Loco Quintet with "BONGO BOY"! :)

 

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Apr
20

SONG OF THE WEEK - LA TOALLA, TITO RODRIGUEZ

This week's selection is one of my personal favourites, so much so I choreographed one of my student performance teams to this wonderful song, with the man responsible being one of all-time great soneros of Latin music.

 

One of a glittering array of Puerto Rican musical legends, Tito Rodriguez, born Pablo Rodriguez Lozada, was known by many also as the "El Inolvidable" (The Unforgettable One) and you see why by amount of classic albums and songs that he released. He was a sonero, percussionist, composer, record producer and band-leader. His talent and versatility was equalled by very few.

I give you, with much fondness... TITO RODRIGUEZ with "LA TOALLA"! :D

 

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Mar
16

SONG OF THE WEEK - TENGO UN TUMBAO, FUEGO 77

A fiery song for this week's song selection to get your week started on the right foot and it's one of my personal favourites! ;)

 

Fuego 77 is the only and self-titled album of this NYC/Puerto Rican orchestra from 1978 on the Alegre record label. Even though it is their only album to date, it is one of the best albums of the 70's. Excellent guaguanco's like this song make this a high-calibre album. 

The orchestra was lead by conga player Noey Mats and the pianist, arranger and composer Marcos Hernandez, who wrote 8 out of the 10 songs on the album.

 

I give you, with much pleasure... FUEGO 77 with "TENGO UN TUMBAO"! :D

 

 

 

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Feb
23

Song of the Week - Moliendo Cafe, Ray Perez

New week and a new song to share with you guys! Continuing the theme of the  amazing Zurich Salsa Festival, here is one of my favourite tunes interpreted by the legend that is Ray Perez.

 

"Moliendo Cafe" is one of the best known Venezuelan songs. This piece was written in 1959 by a Caracas-born artist Hugo Blanco. This was his very first composition and it achieved tremedous success in the 60s. In the original version the lyrics tell of a worker who sings about his frustrated love whilst he works at night grinding coffee. Over two hundred versions of this song have been recorded by various artists including Perez Prado and Placido Domingo.

 

Here's the instumental version of "Moliendo Cafe" by Ray Perez for your listenning pleasure :-)

 

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Feb
16

Song of the Week - Flora, Maximo Rodriguez

Happy Monday everyone! To get you in the mood for the rest of the week, here is an awesome track from the legendary Panamanian artist Maximo Rodriguez. Maximo formed his band Estrellas Panameñas in 1963, they were extremely popular in 60s and 70s both in Panama and in New York. Coming from a very small country Maximo and his band nevertheless left a significant mark on the Salsa and Mambo genre and we are still loving his works today.

 

We give you one of his most famous songs - the romantic "Flora"!!

 


 

 

Máximo Rodríguez y sus Estrellas Panameñas

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