Africando
At Carnegie Hall
La Perfecta
Xavier Cugat

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One of the most ubiquitous of Latin dance styles, the Cha-Cha (or chachachá) developed either from the Cuban danzón of the 1870s or from a slower version of the mambo (called the "double mambo") in New York. By the early '50s, important Cuban charangas (large dance orchestras) like Orquesta Aragón were playing the cha-cha, and as part of a Latin craze, the dance spread like wildfire through American musical culture until almost every populist band needed to add a cha-cha on their LPs. Even in the late '60s, when salsa began taking over the Americanized Latin community, many leaders were placing cha-cha's in their sets and on their albums.

Cha-Cha Artists Highlights

Africando
Africando
Xavier Cugat
Xavier Cugat
Brave Combo
Brave Combo
Tito Puente
Tito Puente
Roberto Juan Rodriguez
Roberto Juan Rodriguez
Johnny Blas
Johnny Blas

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Cha-Cha Album Highlights

At Carnegie Hall
Buena Vista Social Club
At Carnegie Hall
La Perfecta
La Perfecta / Eddie ...
La Perfecta
The Complete RCA Recordings, Vol. 1
Tito Puente
The Complete RCA ...
The Original Latin Dance King
Xavier Cugat
The Original Latin Dance ...
Lost and Found
Buena Vista Social Club
Lost and Found
Anthology
Ray Barretto
Anthology

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Cha-Cha Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Chan Chan Buena Vista Social Club
Mi Guajira Eddie Palmieri & His Conjunto La Perfecta
Tito's Theme Tito Puente & His Orchestra
Yo Ta Namora Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
Bruca Manigua Buena Vista Social Club
El Watusi Ray Barretto
Frenesi Xavier Cugat
Perfidia (Tonight) Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
Mama Inez Xavier Cugat
Maracaibo Oriental
Beny Moré

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