Charanga group Illusion 60 performing in Miami

Date: August 12, 1985

Source: S1576 , Container 38 , T86-72, T86-73, C86-114*, C86-115*

Type: Sound

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  • Calculadora (T86-72)
  • Feelings
  • Amorosa Guajira
  • Merengue
  • Nosotros
  • Virgin de Regla (T86-73)
  • Elequa
  • Yo Soy la Salsa
  • Sabor a mi
  • Oye Como Va

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  • Two reel to reel tapes. (Copied onto C86-114/115) Recording of a six-piece charanga band, Illusion 60, performing at Club Bosque, a Miami supper club. Charanga refers to a type of Cuban music, and the band that plays it. Light, lush, accessible, dominated by flutes and strings; often used to cover pop tunes. Derived from 19th century French orchestras (charangas francesas). Charanga bands consist of flutes, sax, violins, guitars, congas, and vocals. Fecundo Rivera plays keyboards on set. They play a few of his songs (Virgin de Regla, Elequa). The Dade Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1986 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalas, Nancy Nusz and Laurie Sommers in order to identify folk arts and folk artists for the special folklife area at the 34th Annual Florida Folk Festival. The traditions are mainly Haitian, Jamaican, Mexican, Bahamian, Cuban and Jewish and cover a wide range of skills and art forms.

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