Various Artists

Rumba [SudNord]

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Guaguancó-recording-wise, it's no longer a matter of "O joy! A rumba record!," but "O joy! A non-Papines-Muñequitos-etc rumba record!" Which is just part of what makes this one a treasure. While the groups here aren't street-level, they're less professionalized than the big names, and there are so many of them (ten) that you can really get a feel for the idiom's variety as well as its splendor.