Yumurí

Tiene Bilongo

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There are few soneros out there who can claim the same level of pedigree that produced Yumuri. Born Moisés Valle, alongside brothers Orlando (Maraca) and Luis, one can only imagine how musical that house must have been. He met the salsa world head on in 1984 when he joined the very popular Elio Revé Orquesta (which, incidentally, gave him the name Yumuri), affording him the opportunity to share the stage with such vocal greats as Cheo Feliciano, Rubén Blades, Ismael Miranda, and Tito Nieves. Known especially for his amazing range, comfort in the upper registers, and improvisational ability, it was not long before Yumuri split from Revé to pursue a solo career, backed by his famous brothers. Though his 2002 release Tiene Bilongo does not feature both of the other fabulous Valles (Maraca does appear on the record), there's plenty of talent to go around. The record draws from Cuba's next-generation players, and was recorded for the island's premier record label, Ahi Nama. Yumuri still maintains a strong fan base in Cuba and around the world, and it's no surprise, after hearing his clear-as-a-bell voice and diesel-powered band. Tiene Bilongo is one solid salsa record.

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