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The Manteca 45
Percussionists who were lucky enough to witness Manteca play the bongos with this group, relate tales of an enormous man who could ignite a near riot by simply coming forward from the rhythm section to the front of the stage playing wild rhythms that became more and more complex as the audience cheered him on.

Lazaro Pla, known as Manteca, was a master "bongosero" who first rose to fame in 1940s Cuba when he was a featured attraction with the great pianist and composer Ernesto Lecouna and the renowned Cuban Boys, a leading exponent of the Cuban musical wave who gained international recognition and subsequently toured the globe.

Although Manteca is found on many recordings originating from Cuba, only a very small amount of material exists of him as a featured soloist or as the leader of a small combo.  





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Manteca recordings licensed courtesy of Essential Media Group LLC

Manteca background history and text in the above liner notes used with permission - sincere thanks to Roger Kash.
Rama Bawick and all at EMG and of course to Lazaro Pla, Nelson 'Flaco' Padron and Carlos 'Patato' Valdes' & band members.
These famed sessions took place in the United States - Miami to be exact, sometime in the early 1970s. This was a very unique session indeed as two other Cuban expatriates join Manteca in the studio - two of his early admirers who grew up listening to his rhythms: master percussionists Carlos "Patato" Valdes and the amazing Nelson "Flaco" Padron producing these two of the finest examples of incendiary Cuban percussion ever recorded.    The remainder of this session's musicians are unquoted.  (I've heard it suggested that the legendary Cachao could be on bass but this remains unconfirmed).

These rare recordings originate from the legendary Miami based Sound Triangle label & were issued on 3 different labels - many of which had issues with play back quality, thus the world of recorded Cuban percussion is far richer for the vinyl  45 preservation of these two remastered recordings and your chance to hear a true master in session.

Limited Edition loud pressed vinyl  - first time ever 45 release.   Don't miss.            
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