Cuba The Charanga

In Cuban music charanga denotes both a particular dance-band line-up of flute, piano, violins, double-bass and percussion, and a particular way of playing the hugely popular danzones, mambo and chachachás of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Charanga ensembles with their more sensuous sonorities replaced the earlier orquestra típicas and charanga became the standard format in Cuban urban popular dance music for over fifty years. By the 1950s Cuban dance music came to dominate musical style in Cuba, Puerto Rico, much of Africa and among Latino communities in the USA and elsewhere. Temporarily eclipsed by the fashion for the cooler sounds of samba and bossa nove, it has once again emerged as the pre-eminent under the umbrella title salsa.


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"Great interpretation and wonderful sound! Should be in every music collector's collection, particularly if you like Cuban music. This one by the Rotterdam Charanga Orchestra is wonderful"-Teresa E. Fernandez

"This is one of my favorite types of music, and I did not know the name of it prior to locating this album. It makes you feel like you're in the Cuba in it's heyday of yesteryear."- Anonymous

"Good sound"- Tony V.

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