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Tribute to Seeco: Conga Babu to Rhumbop

Tribute to Seeco: Conga Babu to Rhumbop

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Cesar Concepcion y Su Orquesta, Celia Cruz con La Sonora Matancera, Orquesta Riverside y Tito Gomez, Orquesta Riverside y Tito Alvarez, Bobby Campo with Roberto Ondina and His Orchestra and more.

This is the final part of my tribute to the record label Seeco. This mix features all the unusual styles that are not guaracha or boleros. Seeco Records was a small independent record company founded by Sidney Seigel in 1943. He traveled around Cuba, Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America recording Latin music for sale in the States and Canada. Latin music was in its Golden Age and Seigel captured defining acts like Celia Cruz and Tito Puente while they were still young. One day, I went to the flea market and asked a record dealer if he had any Latin music and he said: "I just have these old 45s. You can have them for 50 cents a piece." They were a treasure trove of old Seeco recordings. This mix features plena moderna, mambo, conga babu, cancion campesina, son-montuno, rumba, and something called rhumbop. These are sounds like you have never heard before. (Dig the percussion arrangement from Tito Puente on Pupi Campo's "How High the Moon"!) Feel it! Get into it! get involved!