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Alex Pertout : The Guaguanco is an Afro Cuban rhythm which forms part of the rumba family that also comprises Yambu and Columbia. There are several styles found throughout Cuba with the most influential being the “Havana” (featured in this article) and “Matanzas” styles. The “Matanzas” style differs in the interpretation of the supporting drums; the tumbadora and segundo make use of variations in which they “converse”.

Salsa Blanca : The dancers in many cases imitated a rooster and a hen, with the hen trying to seduce the rooster, without getting caught. When the rooster thinks he can take the hen, he performs a vacunao or pelvic strike.

Wikipedia : Some historians have suggested that the guaguanco may be derived from the yuka, a secular dance of the Bantu people. It became distinct from other forms of rumba, such as yambu and columbia, in the mid-1800s.

Sunnyside Records : For 80 years Septeto Habanero (they were originally a sextet) have been playing the son of Cuba, keeping it alive, helping it grow, keeping it fresh. They handed down the sound to generation after generation, through social and economic hard times–the dictator Machado considered son subversive–and good times; the current regime encourages cultural development and made the band “professional musicians” with a state income and support.

Richie Ray y Bobby Cruz on Myspace : Richie Ray life-long partnership with Bobby Cruz started five years later in 1957 when Ray played bass in a group led by Cruz. This combination was the beginning of one the greatest salsa duos in the salsa music industry.

All About Jazz a : Tito Puente gave Charlie Palmieri a boost when he hired him as the musical conductor for his television show El Mundo De Tito Puente. When the series finished, Charlie started a parallel career as a lecturer in Latin music and culture.

World Music Central : Wilfredo ‘Pío’ Leiva Pascual was known as “el montunero de Cuba.” He was one of the most popular performers of the son montuno genre. Leiva composed “Francisco Guayabal,” which became a hit by Beny Moré. : The Conjunto Modelo was one of the strongest groups that continued the Arsenio tradition in Cuba after his departure to New York; the bassist and director is Arsenio alumnus Lázaro Prieto. 1950s New York musicians turned off by rinky dink interpretations of cha cha were turned around by Modelo’s version of ‘Cantando.’