Our International Music of the Month selection is En Cuarentena (paid link) by El Gran Combo. Few musical groups have lasted half a century while keeping their rhythmic identity unchanged, overcoming the thrusts of the record industry, and resisting the avatars of culture consumption, such as El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico has done. Founded on May 26, 1962 in Puerto Rico, El Gran Combo is the musical institution with the longest history in the salsa genre.
Directed by maestro Rafael Ithier-Nadal, the renowned Mulatos del Sabor have a history that has taken them to five continents and which has positioned them as the salsa formula worldwide. Their unique musical substance has particularly interacted with rhythms such as bomba, guaracha, boogaloo, jala-jala, and tango, uniting Latin America with the Caribbean and its Afro-Caribbean culture.—Amazon.
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