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date: 27 May 2020

Cortijo, Rafael locked

1928–1982 Afro-Puerto Rican musician who, along with Ismael Rivera, founded the musical group Cortijo y su combo in 1954.
  • Mayda Grano de Oro


Cortijo y su combo had a profound influence on Puerto Rican popular music of the 1950s because it promoted the African vernacular rhythms of Plena and Bomba It was the first black group that played in the Condado Hotel one of the most exclusive hotels of the time in ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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