In this passionate but thorough study, the author delves into the social springs that propelled the great phenomenon that was Ismael Rivera with Cortijo y su Combo along with everything it represented then, as well as today. In that same manner, the author stops to analyze, with a goldsmith's delight, the great Maelo's "soneos" and to tell us how how this legend, with the flair of his "soneado" discourse, was credited with the "Sonero Mayor" title. These pages are simply a new and beautiful excuse to celebrate the "saoco salsero"!
Author: Ángel G. Quintero-Rivera
Year published: 2017
Rustic, history, ethnomusicology
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