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Origin Havana, Cuba
Genres Hip hop, reggaeton
Years active 1988–present

The music group Ogguere was founded in 1988. The two members of the group chose Ogguere, a Yoruba word that means "soul of the earth", as a symbolic name. Creating a hit with their song: "Cha Cuba" that was recorded in 2001, Ogguere won a Grammy nomination for Best Tropical Latin Album.

Edrey and Ulises first met in the Santos Suarez neighbourhood of Havana, where Edrey lived (and still lives) with his grandmother on Avenida Serrano. Ulises grew up in El Cotorro, the site of the old Modelo Brewery. In 1996: Edrey and Ulises started working with Pablo Herrera, Cuba's premier rap producer, who also happened to live in Santos Suarez, on Calle Zapote. Deciding to disregard the lucrative reggaeton niche, Edrey and Ulises' idea was to use all the Cuban rhythms and create a fusion of Mambo, Son, Chachacha and mix them with funkier sounds, like the rumba.

"Cha Cuba" was recorded in 2001 with Orquesta Aragón, a traditional famous charanga band. Celebrated as the first meeting of cha-cha-chá and hip hop, "Cha Cuba" helped earn Ogguere a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album.

Ogguere was fast on the way to success and recognition when they recorded the track "Como Esta El Yogourt" (How's the yogourt?), which video clip was directed by prominent Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea.

They recorded their first album, Llena de Amor El Mambo, which features contributions from legendary Cuban musicians such as Chucho Valdés and Pablo Milanés.


Llena de Amor El Mambo


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