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El Barrio Project​-​SALSA by Folklore Urbano Orchestra

Folklore Urbano NYC’s latest album “El Barrio Project-SALSA” takes its powerhouse band into the heart of the historic birthplace of salsa: Spanish Harlem and the Bronx, featuring Pablo Mayor’s renowned arrangements and collaborative work with Co-Executive Producer and composer Nick Chavarría, and an icon of the historic era of NYC salsa songwriter Cruz “Chino” Melao. This is #GlobalSalsa, Folklore Urbano’s most danceable album yet, crossing continents and cultures, blending sounds from West Africa, Puerto Rica, Cuba, and NYC.
released November 23, 2020

Producer: Pablo Mayor/Folklore Urbano NYC
Co-Executive Producers: Pablo Mayor and Nick Chavarría
Recorded by Pablo Mayor at iD Studio Theater in the South Bronx
Mixed and Mastered by Edwin Marrero
Vocals editing (pre-mix) by José Limberg Garcés at Estudio de Jose
Label: Folklore Urbano NYC

Digital Booklet/ Editor: Anna Povich de Mayor/Folklore Urbano NYC Design: Gonikus Studio

Folklore Urbano Orchestra:
Pablo Mayor, piano and direction
Rubén Rodriguez, bass (all tracks except track 3, 7)
Yunior Terry, bass (track 3)
Oreste Abrantes, congas, quinto, tumbadora,
bongó, güiro (all tracks), timbal (all tracks, except
track 7), maracas
Nestor Gómez, tambora, alegre, llamador,
maracas Colombianas (track 9)
Laurent Hounsavi, lead vocals and
coros (tracks 1, 3-7, 9-11)
Jainardo Batista, lead vocals (tracks 2, 4, 7, 12),
coros (tracks 2,4,6-7,12)
Deborah Resto, lead vocals (tracks 8),
coros (all tracks), soneo (track 7)
Armando Jiménez, lead vocals (track 12),
coros (tracks 1-5, 8-12)
Cruz de Jesús Bonilla, lead vocals (track 7)
Eddie Venegas: trombone (tracks 4-5, 8, 12)
Rafi Malkiel: trombone (tracks 2, 6, 9-11)
Leonardo Govín, trombone (tracks 1, 3)
Antonio Orta: baritone sax (tracks 1-6, 8-12), alto sax (track 7-8)
Scott Englebright: trumpet 1 (tracks 2, 4-12),
trumpet 2 (tracks 2, 4-6, 8-12)
Steven Oquendo, trumpets 1 & 2 (tracks 1, 3)
Guido Gonzáles, trumpet 2 (track 7), trumpet solos (tracks 7, 9)
Anna Povich de Mayor: flute (tracks 3-4, 7-9,12)

Special Guest: Los Pleneros de la 21 (track 7)
Juan Gutierrez, direction, panderos seguidor & punteador, coros, soneos on plena section
Nelson “Mateo” Gonzáles, timbales, pandero repicador and guicharo
Carlos Espada, lead vocals and coros, plena section
Joseito Rivera, coros on plena section
Alex Apolo, bass
Iván Renta, baritone and tenor sax
Hommy Ramos, trombone

Special thanks to:
Oreste Abrantes for his talent and his contribution to many of the percussion breaks on the album.
Laurent Hounsavi for introducing Pablo Mayor to the rhythm of Tchinkoume from Benin.
Juan Gutiérrez and Los Pleneros de la 21 for bringing their sound and the energy of “El Barrio” to this album ALEA (Maria Alejandra Jiménez) for her contribution on the third chorus of “Que Pena me Da”.
Jill Bargonetti-Chavarria for her contribution to the lyrics of “Black is Beautiful.”

Copyright 2020 Folklore Urbano NYC

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