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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Jose Mangual- Mai Kinshasa ( Turnstyle records)

Jose Mangual- Mai Kinshasa ( Turnstyle records)

Latin jazz legend, José Mangual, known as “Buyú”, was born on 18 March, 1924 in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Mangual demonstarted a love of music early in his youth, listening to mostly Cuban music: rumbas, guarachas, and son montunos. From that music he took an interest in playing the bongos and taught himself to play on makeshift instruments made from tin cans.This track is from 77' yet the build up sounds like something from the late 60's. The way the heat drops about 30 seconds in is straight fire.When the pace starts picking up it goes into blast mode. I always had the album and loved the diversity of styles being played. Finding this 45 of my favourite track was the icing on the cake. Long live this legend who died in 1998 leaving a great legacy in the world of Puerto Rican music. Mangual performed with artists and orchestras such as Eddie Palmieri, Chico O’Farrill, Cal Tjader, the Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, Cachao, Ray Charles, Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente. -Dj Aware

1 comment:

  1. Any insight into the reference to Kinshasa in the title?