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A Cuban Conga Master’s Definitive Rumba, by Felix Contreras

NPR.org, March 6, 2008 - The death of Cuban conga master Carlos "Patato" Valdes this past December provides a sad opportunity to dig out one of his best-known recordings — which also happens to be a groundbreaking piece of Afro-Cuban music. In 1968, Patato recorded what many say is the definitive rumba recording, with what's essentially an Afro-Cuban supergroup.

Forget about the swanky big-band rhumba (with an h) popularized by Latin… read more

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