Pedro Conga y Su Orquesta Internacional

Pedro Conga y Su Orquesta Internacional [Mavi]

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This is Pedro Conga's (and 17-year-old Tito Rojas') first recording. At that time, the band had a trumpet-trombone-tenor sax combination, one that would change years later to a more powerful, brassier lineup. This outfit had about three years on the road before making records. Still, this was their roughest stage, one that would see more polish with time, as they accompanied some of Fania artists like Cheo Feliciano and Ismael Miranda. Young Tito Rojas shines, however, in tunes like "Mima la Pululera" (the LP's best-promoted song), "Guaguanco a Borinquen," "Olvídate de Mí," and Pedro Flores' "Obsesión." Interesting production is mainly for historical value, since both would head on long-lasting, successful salsa careers in forthcoming years. Produced by then-Fania records top promoter Rafael Viera.