Kike Caicedo

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b. José Harbey Caicedo, Cali, Colombia. Caicedo has one of the most outstanding voices of the current crop of Colombian salsa vocalists. His husky timbre is reminiscent of the great Puerto Rican sonero…
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b. José Harbey Caicedo, Cali, Colombia. Caicedo has one of the most outstanding voices of the current crop of Colombian salsa vocalists. His husky timbre is reminiscent of the great Puerto Rican sonero (improvising salsa singer) Ismael Rivera, to whom he pays tribute on his 1988 album. He began singing in Cali with a band called Los Exclusivos and went on to record with the bands: Joe Madrid Y Adolfo Castro Y Sus Afrocosta, El Chelo Y Su Combo Moderno and La Identidad. He also wrote songs for the latter band. In 1987 he debuted with his own band, Orquesta Concepción, and co-arranged on the albumEl Kike Harbey Y La Orquesta Concepción. Caicedo composed all the tunes on this and the 1988 follow-up, Homenaje. Both records were models of swinging restraint, which stood in sharp contrast to much of Colombia’s increasingly formulaic mainstream salsa of the late 80s. Caicedo returned to La Identidad the following year. He sang and penned the hit track ‘Quiéreme’ from La Identidad’s 1990 album, Un Toque De Misterio. The record’s distinctly bright and refreshing sound was the responsibility of the producer and arranger of over half the tracks, César Monge (ex-leader of Dimensión Latina). Monge produced, directed and arranged Caicedo’s 1991 solo hit, Salsa, Pachanga Y Amor, a superb album that featured a mellow trombone sound (played by Monge) redolent of the early 70s’ Dimensión Latina.