Song:A Bailar el Toca Toca
Adalberto Alvarez was one of Cuba's top bandleaders in the 80s. He's still around and is still popular in Cuba but the 80s was his prime. He's unknown outside Cuba but fans of Cuban music will enjoy him. he was born Nov. 22, 1948 in Havana and grew up in Camaguey. His father Enrique Fortunato was a bandleader and Alvarez started out in his band in the late 50s. In the early 60s, he studied to be a pilot at the Civil Aeronautics Institute of Technology. But by the mid-60s he returned to music as a member of Combo Caribe en Camaguey. Then he studied at The National Art School. Alvarez joined the band Rumbavana in 1972 and first was noticed as a composer and arranger. Then in 1978 he formed his first band as a leader Son 14. Son is Alvarez's style of music. It's heavily influenced by 50s Cuban dance bands like Beny More. When he switched record labels in 1984, he changed the band name to Adalberto Alvarez y su Son. This was his most popular period and this CD has music from the 80s including A Bailar el Toca Toca. Fans of Cuban music should check it out. With the changes in Cuban music since the 90s, Alvarez is not as popular as he used to be in Cuba. But he still records and tours regularly. Here's Adalberto Alvarez y su Son performing A Bailar el Toca Toca in the 80s.