Carlos Embale / Carlos Embales

Rumbero Mayor

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One of the great voices of Cuban music, Embales sang with groups that ranged from The Septeto Nacional through The Conjunto Matamoros to Pello el Afrokan. But his roots were in the percussion-backed street rumba. This he both preserved and amplified with material from other traditions, as this superlative CD with four different guaguanco groups brilliantly documents.

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