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Orquesta Aragón was formed on 30 September 1939, by Orestes Aragón Cantero in Cienfuegos, Cuba. The band originally had the name Ritmica 39, then Ritmica Aragón before settling on its final form. Though they did not create the Cha-cha-cha, they were arguably the best charanga in Cuba during the 1950s and 60s. Their trade-marks included high-class instrumentalists playing in tight ensemble style, and rhythmical innovations which kept their sound up to date. Over the years they progressed from their start as a danzoneria to play a wider variety of styles, danzón, then cha-cha-cha, then onda-cha, pachanga and son fusions. They still perform today, based in Havana.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Cuba En Vivo 1
1997 Cha Cha Charanga! 1
1998 Baila Carola 1
1999 La Charanga Eterna 1
1999 La Charanga Eterna 1
2003 Live at Birdland - May 17, 2003 1
2003 Heart of Havana, Volume 2 1
2003 Maracas, bongó y conga 3 1
2003 That Cuban Cha-Cha-Cha 1
2005 The History Continues... 1
' Ultimos Exitos De Aragon ' 1
Cójale el Gusto a Cuba 1
Danzones de Ayer y de Hoy 1
Heart of Havana, Volume 1 1
Los Aragones De La Onda De La Alegría Vol.2 1
Quien Sabe Sabe 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1997 Mambó Inspiración - Primeras Grabaciones 1953-1955 Compilation 1
2009 The 70th anniversary album Compilation 1
Latin Gold Collection Compilation 1

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