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Bomba,plena,roots of salsa Puerto Rico '55-67
The Bomba & Plena Explosion In Puerto Rico 1955 to 1967
Various Artists


¡Saoco! Vol 2

¡Saoco! Vol 2

    Saoco Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
    Kijis Konar Mon Rivera y su Orquesta
    El paquetero Odilio González (El Jibarito de Lares)
    El negro bembón Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
    Se acabó el bembé Mario Ortiz & His All Star Band con Paquito Álvarez
    Candela Ramito
    Qué chévere Kito Vélez y sus Estrellas
    Guaracha y cha cha cha Moncho Leña y los Ases del Ritmo con Mon Rivera
    Moliendo café Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
    Apágalo Chivirico
    Martínez Nadal Moncho Leña y los Ases del Ritmo con Mon Rivera
    María Teresa Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
    Pacharo VVAA
    La vieja voladora Chuíto el de Bayamón
    Oriza Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
    Rule con dama Kito Vélez y sus Estrellas
    Dolores Joe Cotto y su Orquesta con Mon Rivera
    Tras tres tragos Mario Ortiz & His All Star Band con Paquito Álvarez
    Dame un traguito Chuíto el de Bayamón
    Muchachita lozana Odilio González (El Jibarito de Lares)
    La negra Merced Canario y su grupo (Cortijo) con Raful
    Madame Calalú Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
    Paquete no más Moncho Leña y los Ases del Ritmo con Mon Rivera
    Arrabalera Toñín Romero con Claudio Ferrer y sus Jíbaros
    Qué culpa tengo yo Chivirico
    Me voy pa’ Maracangaya Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera
    A papá cuando venga Mon Rivera y su Orquesta
    Lo que tú no sabes Ramito

¡Saoco! Vol 2. Bomba, plena and the roots of salsa in Puerto Rico 1955-1967

Our first volume of ¡Saoco! included recordings from Cortijo y su Combo, Mon Rivera and some of their other contemporaries exclusively dedicated to the rhythms of plena and bomba. Although these Puerto Rican traditions, in particular the second, later became part of the salsa stew, there's another reason to consider these artists among the pioneers of the transnational and polymorphic movement known as salsa. The reason is that the repertoire of these groups was never restricted to these Puerto Rican rhythms, nor to any national borders. Maybe the first peculiarity of Puerto Rican music prior to the period that interests us here is that it was recorded predominantly outside of the island, above all in New York, where musicians traveled constantly or just emigrated altogether. Furthermore, since son had emerged from Cuba in 1910, Cuban rhythms had exercised hegemony over tropical music recordings. This was particularly the case in New York and Puerto Rico, which had always been considered Cuba's little sister. You would have expected orchestras like those of Cortijo or Mon Rivera would alternate a variety of rhythms to please their dance audience whose tastes then favored the sounds of mambo and guaracha. Although both genres are considered Cuban, the presence of guaracha is so old in Puerto Rico - arriving with tours of Cuban comic theatre troupes in the Caribbean basin in the 19th Century - that we can legitimately consider that it acquired its modern form through an exchange between its Cuban source and its different expressions in the West Indies, including the Puerto Rican variety. In addition to these rhythms that formed the backbone of salsa, it was also common that these orchestras would play a merengue, a calypso, and even, although far more rarely, a Brazilian samba, a Colombian cumbia or porro, a Venezuelan joropo, or a Panamanian murga.

It's difficult to know to what extent this diversity corresponded to commercial motives. These styles were possibly imposed by the record labels in their quest to promote a regional Latino market. However, it seems that the groups mentioned didn't wait until they gained their first hits to develop versatile repertoires. The same professionalization of orchestra music in Puerto Rico already required a command of different genres beginning with jazz and Cuban music. Furthermore, if Cuban rhythms exercised their hegemony upon tropical music from the beginnings of the 20th Century, their domination only became more pronounced after the Castro revolution. As a consequence of the blockade, groups from New York and Puerto Rico occupied this space and took up the repertoire of the Havana orchestras. Already by the mid-1960s, plena was out of style and they were only dancing rumba, guaracha, descarga, charanga, pachanga... and rock'n'roll, just as much on the island as in New York.

The selection of this second ¡Saoco! expands its repertoire to emphasize the variety of rhythms and styles that characterized many of the groups included in the first volume. It reveals a Puerto Rican production influenced by the sounds of Cuba and New York, but which also preserved its own character and in which the island genres of bomba, plena, and música campesina enjoyed their golden age.

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