Fruko & Joe Arroyo - The Very Best of Fruko & Joe Arroyo: Rebelión Tropical
- Jan Fairley
- 3 January 2011
A long shelf-life is the hallmark of great music and Rebelión Tropical maps how in the 1970s Julio Ernesto ‘Fruko’ Estrada and Alvaro José Arroyo González aka Mr Joe Arroyo pioneered the best Colombian tropical music ever. There’s nothing dated here: just funky big band brass riffs, irresistible percussion grooves, rubbery bass and seductive voices telling witty stories. They absorbed a gamut of international US and Latin styles into unbeatable arrangements full of quality musicality. With Zumba’s distillation of salsa and cumbia into exercises grooves there’s still plenty of dancing to be done.