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In 1926, Maria Teresa Vera founded the Sexteto Occidente at the urging of Columbia Records for whom she had worked for in 1914 and who competed with Victor's Sexteto Habanero. The Occidente traveled to NYC to record and appeared at the Apollo Theater. The group's records didn't catch on and they did not continue recording.

When they returned from NYC in 1927, Ignacio Piñeiro (1888-1969), who had learned bass in order to play with the Occidente and had composed many… read more

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