Guerreros del Barrio
Oscar and Ray Cruz--Los Hermanos Cruz, as they are known in the business--are surely two of the busiest percussionists in Panama. They have played with almost every salsa band in that country, and have accompanied about every famous name in Afro-Caribbean music these days, including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Ruben Blades, and many more. In fact, they participated in Blades' Grammy Award-winning production La Rosa de Los Vientos. The explosive and exquisite Guerreros del Barrio, which they recorded with their band, La KShamba, represents their first effort as leaders, the culmination of...