Típica 73

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Típica 73
OriginNew York City
GenresCharanga, salsa
Years active1973–1982

Típica 73 was an American charanga and salsa band in the 1970s and early 1980s, that was formed by musicians from Ray Barretto's band.[1] "Típica" refers to the typical configuration of a Cuban chararanga while "73" refers to the year that group was founded.[2][3][4] Tipica 73 was the first American salsa band to record in Cuba (Típica 73 En Cuba Intercambio Cultural) and included Adalberto Santiago, Alfredo de la Fé, José Alberto "El Canario" and Panamanian singer Luis Argumedes Camilo Azuquita who performed in the album of 1977.

In the New York salsa scene in the early 1970s, the group began with Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez Jr. and four of Ray Barretto's original band including Adalberto Santiago (who all left Barretto simultaneously to start Tipica 73 in 1972), and, after combining the conjunto percussive style (congas, timbales, and bongos) with a horn section, the band became one of the biggest stars of the salsa movement in the US.[1] However, the band's line-up ended up with an almost different cast by the start of the following decade, with several of the original members having left after differences in the late 1970s, regarding whether the band would continue to play tipica music, with Santiago and three others leaving to form Los Kimbos.[1] Rodriguez Jr was the only constant in the band, and he and remaining members split in 1982, but not without a tribute to the charanga style, the 1980 release Charangueando con la Tipica 73, which included standout versions of Tito Puente's "A Donde Vas" and Cachao's "Chanchullo", among others. According to Greg Prato of All Music Guide Magazine, in 1995, Tipica 73 reunited for a successful concert in Puerto Rico, which led to a series of shows four years later.[5][6]


  • Tipica 73 (1973)
  • Tipica 73 (1974)
  • La Candela (1975)
  • Rumba Caliente (1976)
  • The Two Sides of Tipica (1977)
  • Salsa Encendida (1978)
  • Típica 73 En Cuba Intercambio Cultural (1979)
  • Charangueando con la Tipica 73 (1980)
  • Into the 1980s (1981)


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 2506/7. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Remeseira, Claudio Ivan (2010). Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook. p. 378.
  3. ^ Rondon, Cesar Miguel (2008). The Book of Salsa. p. 311.
  4. ^ Mauleon, Rebecca (2011). The Salsa Guidebook.
  5. ^ Umi Vaughan Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba 2012 p21 "For example, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there were visits made to Cuba by the Fania All-Stars, Típica 73, Dimensión Latina, and Óscar D'León. Also, Nuyorican bandleader Willie Colón and the Panamanian Rubén Blades—both ...
  6. ^ Pablo Yglesias Cocinando!: Fifty Years of Latin Album Cover Art 2005 p115 "For Típica '73's La Candela, he enlisted his family and friends in the weaving of a tapestry with the album's typography (it was intended as a gatefold). "It took forever, I was freaking out. "

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