Tatico Henriquez

Homenaje a Tatico Henriquez [1994]

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These rural merengues and mangulinas come from one of the true greats of the genre, with a sharp country voice and an accordion style to match. I've recorded this kind of merengue in the field, and the only difference isn't stylistic, it's Henriquez's tightness, in-tuneness and general making-it-sound-the-way-it's-meant-to. There's even a marimbula (what the Jamaicans call a rumba-box) in there. He was no naïf, but he wasn't just close to the roots, he was the roots.

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