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  • Goza la salsa (lp)-1
    LP VAMPI 213
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“The aptly named Goza La Salsa (Enjoy Salsa) is the second album by Los Afroins, the flagship salsa band of the obscure but beloved INS label (Industria Nacional Del Sonido Ltda., Medellín, Colombia). The combo’s repertoire focused mostly on cover versions hit tunes from New York, Cuba and Puerto Rico, both classic and contemporary, but for this record, their sophomore outing from 1975, their arrangements got tighter and there are more original compositions, which makes for a satisfying evolution in both style and content. Pianist Agustín “El Conde” Martínez, who would later work with Joe Arroyo and Juan Piña, led the group and did some arranging, with studio session production by INS artistic director Alfredo “Sabor” Linares. The vocals were handled by a pair of fresh-faced singers, Lucho Puerto Rico and Roy “Tayrona” Betancourt, who would later go on to fame in the 1980s, the former with his own Lucho Puerto Rico Y Su Conjunto Sonero and Conjunto Son Del Barrio (both in collaboration with Alfredo Linares), and the latter with Willie Salcedo, Reales Brass De Colombia, and Los Caribes. Additional arrangements were by Luis Felipe Basto of Los Black Stars and Luis E Mosquera, while the rest of the band was made up of INS related studio musicians. Goza La Salsa is just as hard to find as their first record and contains 10 bright and sassy salsa dura treasures that light up the dance floor with their incessant rhythms, syncopated trumpets and trombone and buoyant melodies. There are smoking covers of hits by Panama’s Bush y sus Magníficos (‘Salsa Al Pindin’) and Bronx timbalero Orlando Marín and His Orchestra (‘Está De Bala’) as well as updated renditions of old Cuban chestnuts ‘La Masacre’ (written by Joseíto Fernández of ‘Guantanamera’ fame, and a hit for Cuarteto Caney) and ‘Matusa’ (originally titled ‘Macusa’, composed by Francisco Repilado aka Compay Segundo and made famous by Duo Los Compadres). This time around there are six excellent originals with the hottest pair being Lucho Puerto Rico’s theme song ‘Puerto Rico Power’ and the percussion-heavy final track, ‘Alejada’ sung and composed by Roy Betancourt. Just like the first album, the entire record makes for a very tasty and satisfying party platter filled with guaguancó, mozambique, pachanga, descarga and bolero that deserves to be more accessible and better known by today’s fans of Colombian salsa who may have heard of The Latin Brothers or Sonora Carruseles, but have yet to discover the short-lived but highly sought after Los Afroins.” — Pablo E Yglesias DJ Bongohead of Peace & Rhythm

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