Hugo is credited with creating a way to play the harp in dance music with a self-created orchid rhythm, but he is also credited with pioneering ska and reggae rhythms in Venezuela in the mid-1980s. The song “Guajira con arpa” is very special and one of the few that has a boogaloo feel to it, it really is a timeless song. In addition to a mix of music from this golden era, DJs and co-curators of the Color de Tropico′ series El Drágon Criollo and El Palmas select five favorite tracks from important recordings from that era. This prosperity, along with stable democracy, changed the dynamics of the country: immigrants came from Colombia, the Caribbean, Europe, and North America; Venezuelans themselves moved to cities in search of opportunities; the middle class moved to wealthy and culturally prosperous northern cities like Miami and New York. This period was also marked by the emergence of record companies and printers, making it an important and innovative period for music in Venezuela. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela and New York, which is not a country, but the place where this urban sound began to spread to other parts of the world, were particularly influential in this movement. Simon Diaz is one of the most important representatives of Venezuelan music, along with Hugo Blanco. Hugo Blanco was one of the most important artists in Venezuela, he had a big hit called “Moliendo Café” which came out in 1960. This was reflected in the musical productions: you could find jazz, soul, funk, cumbia and various eclectic sounds from all corners of the music industry. This group specialized in Latin instrumental compositions, especially cumbia-like sounds, using “their” Hammond organ. In the 1960s and 1970s, Venezuela was one of the richest countries in Latin America, with a GDP per capita close to that of the United States. The song “Zambo” could well have been a song of that era; it is very well performed, and you can hear the talent of the musicians of the time. It is now available for purchase from El Palmas Music. The band recorded this song as part of their only album and broke up shortly thereafter. Nelson Y Sus Estrellas is one of the most significant representatives of Venezuelan salsa. They never had the opportunity to play live, but they certainly left a great legacy with their music.
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