Salsa y Bembé
(Sonero Añejo Records)
Soy rumbero de calle (I'm a street rumba singer) is the opening line on the latest release ted by veteran salsa singer/composer Miguel A. Barcasnegras, professionally known as Meñique.
A native of Panamá City, Meñique began singing as a child, accompanying his mother and stepfather. By his adolescent years, he was performing with La Sonora Panameña. His unique vocal timbre and improvisational ability landed Meñique a position as lead vocalist in the popular Kako y Su Orquesta during a visit by said U.S.-based band to Panamá in the late 1960s. Meñique traveled to New York City with Kako, and soon thereafter joined the Tito Puente Orchestra, while recording with Arsenio Rodríguez. He then joined Willie Rosario's orchestra and moved to Puerto Rico. The rest is history. Meñique became one of the top vocalists and composers in the international salsa...