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Orquesta Aragon



The legendary ORQUESTA ARAGÓN is also known as La Madre de las Charangas Cubanas (The Mother of The Cuban Charangas) as well as La Charanga Eterna (The Eternal Charanga). Their long and successful career began on September 30th, 1939, in Cienfuegos, Cuba, under the leadership of Orestes Aragón. Since the creation of this legendary orchestra, it has undoubtedly secured its status as the favorite Cuban band for millions of passionate music listeners who cherish the Island’s most popular musical genres: Son, Danzón and the Cha Cha Cha. Simply stated, after more than six decades,ORQUESTA ARAGÓN continues to be the legendary group whose music reaches both young and old music fans throughout the World.

Now, under the direction of violinist Rafael Lay, who followed in his father’s footsteps as the leader of ORQUESTA ARAGÓN, the group has maintained its signature sound. The group’s top priority rests with preserving the true, original sound that became the group’s trademark from its inception. This has been an important factor in the continued success of the group, evidenced by their continued sold out concerts throughout all continents. When one attends anORQUESTA ARAGÓN concert today, not only will the attendee witness music in its purest form from Cuba, but will be surprised by the many generations of fans in attendance.

Their musical repertoire includes approximately 700 individual recordings, which have produced over 100 full-length albums worldwide. Among the group’s many hits, ORQUESTA ARAGÓN is widely known for, some of their signature classics including “El Bodeguero”, “La Gloria Eres Tu”, “Pare Cochero”, “Espiritu Burlon” and “Calculadora” among many more.

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“What makes the Orquesta Aragon so fine is the sophistication of its arrangements. A familiar song like ”Guantanamera,” for instance, was subjected to all manner of chromatic twists and instrumental niceties, yet such cleverness never got in the way of the original’s fervent intensity.” – New York Times

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