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Irakere - 77% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pioneering Cuban jazz band, which began recording on an ad hoc basis in the late 60s, has been home to some of the country’s leading musicians. Irakere, which literally means ‘forest’, was the name of a drummer in Yoruba legend. The title was adopted by the band as a homage to the great drummer, and to reflect the percussive, Afro-Cuban emphasis of their mus Read more

Cachao - 71% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
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Omara Portuondo - 64% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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October 1930, Havana, Cuba. The only female artist of the Buena Vista Social Club collective, Portuondo has been dubbed ‘the Edith Piaf of Cuba’ and ‘the fiancée of feeling’ for her passionate and moving performances in the cabarets and nightspots of Havana. However, her first album widely available outside of Cuba was not released until her sevent Read more

Ibrahim Ferrer - 58% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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20 February 1927, San Luis, Cuba, d. 6 August 2005, Havana, Cuba. The release of the Grammy Award-winning Buena Vista Social Club in 1997 initiated a new era for Cuban music, propelling long-forgotten performers into the spotlight and making belated stars out of the artists such as pianist Rubén González, band leader Juan De Marcos Gonzalez, and singer Ibrahim Read more

Beny Moré - 57% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré Gutiérrez, 24 August 1919, Santa Isabel de las Lajas, La Villas Province, Cuba, d. 19 February 1963. An outstanding singer (‘his voice was like a bambo in the wind’, said Cuban writer Miguel Barnet in 1984), band leader, composer and arranger, the inimitable Moré, nicknamed ‘El Bárbaro del Ritmo Read more

Los Van Van - 51% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Songwriter/bass player Juan Formell (Havana, Cuba) formed Cuba’s enigmatic Los Van Van in 1969 after a year of tutelage under renowned band leader Elio Revé in Orquesta Revé. Often credited with the invention of ‘songo’, a new Cuban sound influenced by rock, jazz and Brazilian music, Los Van Van became one of the Cuba’s most influential and Read more

Compay Segundo - 49% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz, 18 November 1907, Siboney, Cuba, d. 13 July 2003, Havana, Cuba. Muñoz moved to Santiago (birthplace of ‘son’, Cuba’s national musical style) at the age of seven, and by 13 he was playing guitar and tres (Cuban variant of the guitar) in the bars of the city, as well as working as a barber and tobacco picker Read more

Bebo Valdes - 41% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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9 October 1918, Quivican, Cuba. Valdés played piano from an early age and was very active as a performer, composer, arranger, and musical director at various Havana nightclubs, throughout the 40s and on into the 50s. During these years, he was also playing and arranging for numerous recording dates. Very highly regarded within the Cuban musical world, Valdés wo Read more

Celia Cruz - 39% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alonso, 21 October 1924, Santa Suarez district, Havana, Cuba, d. 16 July 2003, New Jersey, USA. Described as the ‘Queen of Salsa’ - just one of her several superlative epithets - Cruz will be remembered as the most influential female in the history of Afro-Cuban music. Her family and neighbours became aware of the young Celia’s singing Read more

Tito Rodriguez - 38% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Pablo Rodríguez, 4 January 1923, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, d. 28 February 1973, New York University Hospital, New York, USA. Vocalist, percussionist, band leader, composer, producer, label boss Tito Rodríguez was ‘equally talented as an uptempo improvising sonero (singer in the salsa style) and a romantic singer’. ‘At its peak, the Rodr&ia Read more

Eddie Palmieri - 35% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eduardo Palmieri, 15 December 1936, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage. The self-avowed pioneering ‘oxygen cocktail’ of contemporary salsa, pianist, band leader, composer, arranger, producer Palmieri began playing the piano at the age of eight. He also played timbales, and wanted to specialize in the instrument, but changed his min Read more

Cheo Feliciano - 32% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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José Feliciano, 3 July 1935, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Feliciano took an early interest in music, especially bolero, and when only eight years old he and some friends formed a group, El Combo Las Latas, in which he was a percussionist although all of their instruments were homemade. In his early teens he had some formal tuition in music but then, in 1952, his father moved t Read more

Tito Puente - 31% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernesto Antonio Puente Jnr., 20 April 1923, Harlem Hospital, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 May 2000, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parentage, Puente began piano lessons when he was seven years old and around the age of 10 started tuition in drums and percussion, which became his forte. Around 1936, Puente commenced his professional career as a drum Read more

Ismael Miranda - 27% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 February 1950, Aguada, Puerto Rico. Singer-songwriter Miranda was one of the most popular soneros (extemporizing salsa singers) of the 70s salsa boom. His parents and an uncle took him to live in Long Island, USA when he was four years old; later on he moved with his family to the Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City. He started studying singing at about eight year Read more

Perez Prado - 26% match to Orquesta Aragon

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Instrumental Latin Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Damaso Pérez Prado, 11 December 1916, Mantanzas, Cuba, d. 14 September 1989, Mexico City, Mexico. Prado played organ and piano in cinemas and clubs before becoming an arranger for mambo-style local bands in 1942. He formed his own unit in 1948 in Mexico when the mambo beat was becoming very popular. Prado was ‘King of the Mambo’ in Latin America with his sco Read more


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