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Blogs related to Latin music history and culture.

History of El Gran Combo: the 2020s

Like everyone else in the music business, El Gran Combo was impacted at the start of the 2020 decade by the Covid-19 pandemic. And like several other artists, the band tried to make good use of the performing downtime. 2020 Virtual…

Sylvia Rexach at 100 Years

This year we commemorate 100 years of Sylvia Rexach's birthday, and what a better way to do it by highlighting her achievements on International Women's Day. A True Latina Pioneer Sylvia was a trailblazing woman and a versatile artist…

Why do Tunas Play at Christmas?

Why is it that in Puerto Rico I only hear the Tunas Estudiantinas at Christmas time? I don't know if the same thing happens in other countries. However, the other day I asked myself this cultural question. In this category, I include the…

Salsa Orchestrations in the ’70s

The evolution of Salsa orchestrations during the '70s dramatically increased its popularity and established it as a solid genre of popular music, not a passing craze. Salsa Music in the '60s It started in the '60s when bands began to mix…

Simply Lalo Rodriguez

I'm writing about Lalo Rodriguez's Salsa album "Simplemente Lalo" for two reasons; the album turns 40 and Lalo needs our support. For me, "Simplemente Lalo" was his best recording, by far, of his solo career. Lalo Rodriguez Early Years…