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Orquesta América

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Active from  1942
Albums  Guaracha-Son
Genre  World
Orquesta América wwwencaribeorgFilesTematicosorquestaamerica
Record labels  Discos Musart, Orfeón, EGREM
Nominations  Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album
Similar  Enrique Jorrín, Orquesta Aragón, Abelardo Barroso, Richard Egües, Orquesta Riverside

Orquesta América is a Cuban charanga orchestra founded in Havana in 1942, and later based in Mexico City and California. The band pioneered the cha-cha-chá in 1953.


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The band was founded in 1942 by singer Ninón Mondéjar with Alex Sosa (piano), Enrique Jorrín, Antonio Sánchez, and Félix Guerra (violins), Juan Ramos (flute) and others. Mondéjar and Sosa went to Mexico, then later revived Orquesta América in California. Success, in Cuba, came in 1953 with Orquesta America's recording of Jorrín's "La engañadora." However the success of the band led to Mondéjar and Jorrín over whether the bandleader or songwriter should take the credit for the invention of the cha-cha-chá. The band split during a tour of Mexico in December 1954 and Ramos returned to Havana with half of the band to form Orquesta América del '55 in 1955. In the 1990s leadership of the California-based band passed to Jorge Machado Durán. Ninón Mondéjar died in Havana in 2006.


  • La engañadora / Silver Star (Panart, 1953)
  • El alardoso / Negro de sociedad (Panart, 1953)
  • Compilations

  • Siempre a Punto (Lujuria, 2008)

  • Orquesta América Yo No Camino Mas Orquesta Amrica Songs Reviews Credits AllMusic
    Orquesta América Afroantillana Orquesta America Cha Cha Cha Vol2 Lp 10 US
    Orquesta América ORQUESTA AMRICA Vintage MusicVintage Music
    Orquesta América Orquesta Amrica
    Orquesta América Fongrafo Orquesta Amrica Yo no camino ms inCUBAdora
    Orquesta América amrica orquesta


    Poco Pelo2004
    Los MarcianosLo Mejor Del Chachacha · 2000
    La EngañadoraLo Mejor Del Chachacha · 2000


    Orquesta América Wikipedia

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