New Album: “Eba Say Ajá” by Rubén Blades and Cheo Feliciano

Rubén Blades and José “Cheo” Feliciano, both Grammy Award winners and salsa icons, have just released Eba Say Ajá (2012) a collaborative effort. Blades, the Panamanian alsa singer, songwriter, actor, Latin jazz musician, and activist, considers Puerto Rican salsa/bolero songwriter and musician Cheo Feliciano to be one of his earliest influences. Nearly 40 years after they first met, Eba Say Ajá brings the two musicians together for this inspiring collection.

Description (from Boom! The elder statesmen of salsa, Rubén Blades and José “Cheo” Feliciano, have joined forces on a remarkable new salsa release that is the culmination of their over forty years of friendship and professional association. The two shining stars of the Fania legacy are serious about getting you to dance, and if anyone knows how to get the job done right, it’s these two guys. This is a smokin’ vibes-based project that reminds me, at times, of the great Louie Ramirez at his peak. The session features some superb talent: Luis Marin (piano, vibes), Felipe Fournier and Raul Rodriguez (vibes), Charlie Sierra (timbales, bongo), William “Cachiro” Thompson and Georgie Padilla (congas), Louie Garcia (tres), Pedro Pérez (bass) and others. Coro? We have Darvel Garcia, Wichi Camacho, Chegüi Ramos and Primi Cruz.

Produced by Ariel Rivas, the album is dedicated to the memory of Pedro Arroyo, a legendary radio programmer and founder of the musical celebration “Día Nacional de la Salsa” in Puerto Rico.

Listen to Blades and Feliciano singing “Lo bueno ya viene ya viene” here:

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