Live It Up

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Producer Al Santiago affirms that Kako was one of Puerto Rico's most popular bandleaders, appearing on television dance shows to acclaim. Kako also played percussion with Arsenio Rodriguez, Mongo Santamaria, and the Alegre All-Stars, and he enjoyed being Tito Puente's stand-in whenever the occasion arose. Live It Up, with Panamanian Camilo Azuquito singing, has several bright spots, such as Louis Ramirez's "Shingaling Shingaling" and even a boogaloo cover of "Cool Jerk." And no Latin soul collection should be without the title track, sung by Bobby Marin. It is a classic exhortation to, well, live it up.

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