Charanga 76 performing live at the Union City, NJ National Night Out Festival August 4, 2015.
About La Charanga 76
La Charanga 76 was founded by Cuban güiro player Felipe (Pipo) Martinez and made its debut in the spring of 1976 simultaneously with the release of their first LP which produced the run-away hit "Soy". This recording was the first time a charanga orchestra used singers in harmony and falsetto, and the first charanga in the U.S. to have a woman flutist, Andrea Brachfeld. The ballads were arranged and performed in up-tempo (son, guaracha) rhythms. Another follow-up hit in 1977 was "Kuku-Cha Ku-Cha" and the trend was on with "Regresaras", "Wanda", "Flores", "El Cafe de Hialeah" and many others. In 1979 La Charanga 76 scored a tremendous success with the recorded Spanish version of #1 hit "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" titled in Spanish "No Nos Pararan". The three top radio stations in New York City: WBLS, WKTU and KISS-FM made it a part of their rotation, mixing the original English recording with La Charanga 76's Spanish version. Another innovation, with exceptional acceptance, was the release in 1984 with "Manhattan Groove", A Charanga 76 English version of top-40 standards. In 1986 La Charanga 76 (and Kim Records) recorded and released the first-ever 100% digital CD by a Latin orchestra.
La Charanga 76 became one of the top charanga bands to come out of New York in the mid-70s. They were one of the key groups in popularizing and maintaining the Cuban charanga sound, exemplified by La Orquesta Aragon throughout the United States. In the late 80s singers Hansel Martínez and Raúl Alfonso left the band to pursue separate careers. Throughout the years La Charanga 76 has continued to perform and keep alive the infectiously danceable rhythm of charanga music.
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