Fruko y sus Tesos

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Fruko y sus Tesos is a salsa group from Colombia which enjoys immense popularity throughout Latin America and the United States. Julio Ernesto Estrada ‒ or "Fruko" as he is artistically known ‒ formed the group in 1970 and modeled it after the New York City salsa sound of the Fania All-Stars, one of the leading salsa groups at the time.[1] A favorite of salsa and Latin soul deejays around the globe, many refer to Fruko y sus Tesos as one of Colombia's most important exports.

Among the group's best-known hits are "Barranquillero Arrebatao", "Cachondea", "Cali De Rumba", "Charanga Campesina", "El Patillero", "Los Charcos", "Pura Candela", "Tania", and "El Preso" ‒ the last being one of Colombia's most popular songs.

Prominent former members have included Joe Arroyo who joined Fruko y sus Tesos in 1973 and performed lead vocals for the group for several years before embarking upon a solo career, and Wilson "Saoko" Manyoma who provided lead vocals on some of the group's most important tracks such as "El Preso" before also leaving to pursue a solo career.

Julio Ernesto "Fruko" Estrada[edit]

Julio Ernesto "Fruko" Estrada Rincon began his musical career at the age of 15 when he joined the legendary Vallenato group, Los Corraleros de Majagual. In 1968, Los Corraleros traveled to New York City giving Fruko his first opportunity to experience the city's burgeoning salsa scene.


Contributing artist

Los Corraleros de Majagual are not a Vallenato group. Vallenato is a completely different genere of music


  1. ^ Dorado, El Sonido (2000). World music: the rough guide, Volume 2. Rough Guides Ltd. p. 379. ISBN 978-1-85828-636-5.