Irakere was so unique because of its use of jazz, rock, funk, classical, and Cuban rhythm. They had put all of these genres into one song all at the same time. “Irakere was a very explosive band with all their different rhythms put into one” (Jones). The music of Irakere was said to be very loud and not for the faint hearted as decribed by many musical historians. Irakere’s music did not really change over time however some of the members came in and sometimes left after a few years but the two main leaders remained the same, and their style of music remained the same throughout the years. “The longest running groups with a variety of musicians would be Irakere” (Chip). Irakere was not really influnenced by anyone this is most likely because they were the ones that created their own movement in the musical world. Artists in Irakere included Arturo Sandaval, Paquito D’rivera, Osacar Valdes, Carlos Puerto, Carlos Emillio Morales, Jorge Varona, Tato Alfonso, Bernardo Garcia, Jose Luis Cortes, Angia Diaz, Fran Padilla, and Carlos Averhoff. All of these people were a part of the band at some …show more content…
It was considered as the best salsa dance band in cuba at the time which gave them respect. All in all, Irakere was a great band and had created a unique genre of music during the time.
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