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The Participant Observer Music CD of the Month is Raiz by El Septeto Santiaguero.

Septeto Santiaguero was founded in 1995, by members of Melodías de Ayer, a group formed in the early 1960s, together with the Estudiantina Invasora and the Cuarteto Patria, had for over three decade animated many a day and night at the Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba.—World Music Central

Septeto Santiaguero's 'Raiz' is 14 songs and two bonus tracks, containing a great variety of Cuban genres, and is a chronological tour of the work of great Cuban authors whom have been significant in the musical process of their sound. The production has the most luxurious collaborations to date. Among the guests artists are great stars of universal Jazz such as: Nicholas Payton and Arturo O' Farrill. Also prestigious salsa figures such as: Rubén Blades (along with his alter ego Medoro Madera), Charlie Aponte, Alfredo de la Fe and Reinaldo Creagh (lead singer of the legendary Vieja Trova Santiaguera, sadly deceased a time after this recording). This is a remarkable piece of musical history that promises to bring to life these Cuban musical legends through the epic encounter of some of the most acclaimed voices in tropical and jazz music.—Amazon

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