Bobby "El Duro" Quesada

Boogaloo en el Barrio

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With a great band behind him (including vocalist Luis Rodriguez and a boisterous chorus), Bobby Quesada shines on his 1968 debut for Fania. "El Pregon del Pupilo" and "Me Gusta la Noche" are irresistible party songs and Quesada salutes the boogaloo with (surprisingly) only two songs, "Bataola Boogaloo" and the swinging "Ritmo Moderno." Boogaloo en el Barrio isn't all good-time material either; "A Mi Barrio" is rather plaintive, with a chorus repeating "cuando volvere" ("when will I return").

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