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The following is a bongo solo as played by the great Roberto Roena. Roberto makes use of a very effective and extremely 'musical' approach to his improvisations, incorporating wonderful phrases, which make use of sophisticated syncopation. Roberto has been a mainstay of the development of salsa in New York, through his work with many groups, his own ensembles, as well as with his remarkable contribution to the Fania All Stars, an orchestra which tours and records and which core players are the major bandleaders (originally associated with the Fania record label from New York) of the salsa movement in North America. This solo by Roberto was transcribed from the Fania All Stars Spanish Fever release of 1978 (Columbia JC 35336). The track is the up-tempo Sin Tu Cariño written by and featuring the brilliant Ruben Blades on vocals.


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