Orquesta Broadway

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Orquesta Broadway
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
Years active1962 (1962)–1980s

Orquesta Broadway was an American mid-1960s/late 1980s New York-based salsa band.[1] They issued almost 20 albums between 1964 and 1987.[1]

Orquesta Broadway and Típica 73 were two popular New York salsa bands that played in the charanga format.[2]

Some of the famous musicians initially involved were Monguito "El Único", a Cuban nasal-voiced singer (he patterned his vocal style on the Cuban sonero Miguelito Cuní), joined in 1962, when he moved to New York from Mexico, Ronnie Baro, 1992, co-founder of Africando and Roger Dawson, conga drummer (bongos are not typically used in charanga bands).

Their song "El Barrio del Pilar" is considered a type song for the 'marcha' rhythm of the conga drums in salsa.


  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 329/330. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Cesar Miguel Rondón, The Book of Salsa: A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean, 2008, p. 186 : "The actual protagonist of this new spin-off was none other than the Orquesta Broadway, rightfully considered the dean of the ... Orquesta Broadway was formed by the three Zervigón brothers and was the only charanga ensemble able to ..."