Tipica 73

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Típica 73 was a charanga and salsa band in the 1970s and early 1980s that was formed by musicians from Ray Barretto's band. "Típica" refers to the typical configuration of a Cuban chararanga while "73" refers to the year that group was founded. Tipica 73 was the first American salsa band to record in Cuba and included Adalberto Santiago, Alfredo de la Fé, and José Alberto "El Canario".
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, and, after combining the conjunto percussive style with a horn section the band became one of the biggest stars of the salsa movement in the US. However, the band's lineup 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.