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Tito Puente Jr on the African Origins of Latin Jazz

Tito Puente Jr is keeping the legacy of his father alive. He spoke to Okayafrica about the African roots of Latin Jazz and Spanish Harlem.

El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival happens every year in Harlem to celebrate the birthplace of Latin Jazz Music and to commemorate its king, the late Tito Puente. Last month in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, thousands of people from different backgrounds, danced Salsa to the sounds of Puente’s son Tito Puente Jr who is carrying on his father’s musical legacy. We went to talk to the master percussionist about his father and Latin Jazz music’s connection to the African diaspora.

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