Various Artists

Viva la Charanga [Protel]

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Viva la Charanga celebrates one of Cuba's most popular musical styles, the charanga. Arguably the forerunner of salsa, the charanga's Afro-Cuban blend of prominent percussion, piano, flute, violins, and vocals shines on tracks like "Quimbobo," "Tres Lindas Cubanas," "Calculadora," and "Sabrosona." A good introduction to this genre's lively yet seductive rhythms and arrangements.

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