Monguito

Monguito “El Unico”, a Cuban singer, was his name. Ramon Sardinas Quian was his birth name. He died in New York City in 2006. He was an Afro-Cuban sonero and had a simple, improvisational style with a distinct nasal voice. Monguito sang in his hometown with Orquesta Mazuet before moving to Havana where he joined Conjunto Modelo and Orquesta Modernista. Monguito el Unico, a Mexican singer, moved to Mexico in the 1950s. He worked for Pepe Arevalo and Sus Mulatos in Mexico, where he appeared in three films. Monguito, who was born in 1962, moved to New York City and began singing with Orquesta Broadway. His first recording was “Primitivo”, which he recorded with Arsenio Rodrigo in 1963 for Roost Records. Monguito El Unico was part of Johnny Pacheco‚Äôs conjunto during the 1960s. He alternated lead vocals with Chivirico Davila, a Puerto Rican singer. He made his solo Fania debut in 1967 with “Johnny Pacheco presents Monguito”. Roberto Torres produced his debut album on SAR Records in 1979, “Yo No Soy Mentiroso”. This album went gold. Monguito el Unico is akin to Ismael rivera. It embodies an earthy and pragmatic aesthetic in the tradition du son montuno. This was forged in the streets in Cuba. Wikipedia

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