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Vintage Cuba No. 65: Guapacha - EP

The Chakachas

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Formed: 1958 in Belgium

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Best known for their near-pornographic funk classic "Jungle Fever," the Chakachas were actually a group of Belgian-based studio musicians. Led by Gaston Boogaerts, who served as the group's arranger, the Chakachas first appeared during the early '60s, recording a playful mixture of Latin music, jazz, and European-style exotica. By the time Polydor released the Jungle Fever album in the U.S. in 1972, they'd updated that foundation with a heavier funk groove. The title cut — a down-and-dirty,...
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