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Dave Bongo's Top 10 Latin Bangers

Dave Bongo's Top 10 Latin Bangers. No messing.

Sabu Martinez - Afrotemple

The crashing cymbal that launched a 1000 bootlegs

Nico Gomez - La Lupita 

Nico Gomez is finding a new audience, and this track is considered by many, including myself, to be a classic.  Watch out for the next Mr Bongo re-issue cut from Nico Gomez 'Rio' b/w 'Aquarela'. These two tracks were not on the 'Ritual' album, but I felt were in need of a release.

Francisco Aguabella - Ramon's Desire

From the 'Hitting Hard' album. A big crossover track for the steppas.

Cachao Y Su Orquestra – Siboney 

Classic guiro playing from the legend Tata Guines, the master all time Latin artist.  This album was the holy grail for all latin collectors not expensive just killer. When Cachao left Cuba after the revolution he came over with all these masters these blew everyone away.

Tico-Allegre Allstars - Tito's Odyssey (La Odisea de Tito) 

A Snowboy classic. I remember when he chased me out of a 'Jazz Bop' event to get his hands on one.

Eddie Palmieri - Live At Sing Sing Prison (with Harlem River Drive Orchestra) 

Includes the sweet Latin funk of AZUCAR! Hardcore latin served up to incarcerated Barrio crew.

Ray Barreto – Pastime Paradise 

The dance-floor friendly latin work-over of Stevie's 'Pastime Paradise'.

A slightly more left field selection...

El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico - Achilipu 

The world's most famous Puerto Rican big band.

Fruko y Sus Tesos - El Preso

The greatest Colombian producer / artist of all time. Now he's trendy again.

Joe Arroyo - Rebellion 

I toured this guy in the late 80s. We lost 2 members of the band in Paris, missed every gig... then all the money from the tour,which was kept in a brief case, was stolen from the salad bar of a Garfunkel's restaurant in London town.