Cover for Bobby Quesada and His Boogaloo Band. courtesy of the artist. hide caption

toggle caption courtesy of the artist.

The Joe Cuba Sextet. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe

Latin Roots: The Lasting Fad Of Boogaloo


Felix Contreras, co-host of NPR's Alt.Latino, stops by to discuss the cultural significance, conflicts and sustained reach of boogaloo music.

Listen Loading…
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Conguero Poncho Sanchez gave Frank Foster's swing classic, "Shiny Stockings," a new identity as a mambo. Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

toggle caption Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment

Tito Puente, above playing in London, was one of the best percussionists of any era. Simon Ritter/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Simon Ritter/Redferns/Getty Images

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from