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A History of Puerto Rican Salsa

A History of Puerto Rican Salsa

The music being made in Puerto Rico before and during the salsa years had its own sabor, even while the salsa boom was exploding out of New York. We talk to three of Puerto Rico’s all-time most important bandleaders: Rafael Ithier, founder of El Gran Combo; Quique Lucca, founder of Sonora Ponceña; and Willie Rosario, and hear key tracks from the island.

Produced by Ned Sublette with José Mandry.

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Distributed 4/6/2017