Coco May May
1955-1962 SPANISH HARLEM FLOORFILLERS.
The Afro-Cuban roots of Boogaloo, Mambo, Pachanga, Rhumba and Cha Cha. Limted edition of 500 vinyl in 140g vinyl with 350g card sleeves. Grosso! present a new compilation mixing different rhythms of Cuban music with a high dance and rhythmic component. The tracks have been remastered and restored and some are presented on vinyl for the first time after many years. Nice graphic design. 350g cardboard printed on the reverse side.Format and selection designed for DJs, collectors and general public. It's hot in the New York summer. In the humble apartments of East Harlem families from Puerto Rico, Republica Dominicana or Cuba live in crowded conditions, the smell of "Creole" food gets mixed with the noise of children playing and the Caribbean immigrants, on the turn table (if you can afford one) and in the "El Barrio" shops, the music sounds nonstop with the latest Latin rhythms. Is the 50's in "El Barrio". Pachanga, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha and above all the guajira and son montuno are the preferred rhythms and on the Friday's night at "The Palladium" are the most popular ones. The best orchestras like Tito Puente, Jack Constanzo or Joe Quijano keep the atmosphere hot as Machito, Cugat or Bauz did before them. Albeit Afro-Cuban rhythms had been carving themselves a place in jazz, was in the 40's and 50's when things gather momentum, that Latin thing that would explode later and be known commercially as "salsa" although there was a gap between those first pioneers and the new generations where "boogaloo" was king. Boogaloo has deep roots in the afro rhythms, soul and rhythm'n'blues.