Enjoy Puerto Rican traditional music with Totín Agosto Arará y la Liga Rumbera at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Sunday, February 2 at 7pm.
Known extensively in the island’s Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban music circles, Totín Agosto Arará has been singing, and composing rumbas, bombas and plenas for decades with groups like Los Majaderos de Cachete Maldonado, Rumbaraza, La Liga Rumbera and Yuba Iré. The group will be led by the exceptional Puerto Rican master musician Beto Torrens. Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for the general public. Advance tickets are available online at WSLR.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
After serious health complications in recent years, including the difficult period after Hurricane María, Totin is back, stronger than ever. His life story is one of redemption and resilience. Rumba is his cure, giving an appropriate title to his first solo album: “Orgánico y Medicinal” (Organic and Medicinal). This historic album includes 7 original compositions by Totin Agosto and two classics. Produced by Discos Omó Ifá (Beto Torrens y Rafael Maya) Orgánico y Medicinal came to fruition after three live recording sessions at Pasillo Sonoro in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico with the help of sound engineer Antonio Caraballo.
Alberto “Beto” Torrens was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and began his musical career with Batucada Baobá, alongside Anthony Carrillo, Luis Vélez and his mentor and teacher Fernando “Freddy” Díaz. He is a founding member of Bayanga (today Calle 13), with whom he recorded one album. Beto recorded in the Grammy nominated album “Urbano” by Elvis Crespo, and has contributed in recordings with De La Ghetto, Cultura Profética, Plenéalo, Fusión Jonda, Monsieur Periné (Colombia) [Grammy winner], La Tortuga China, and Alegría Rampante, among others. He is a member of Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective, with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed album “Roots Before Branches” released in 2012. Beto is also a founding member, along with Billy Carrión J., of the Jazz ensemble The Rican Rebels, with whom he recorded an album titled “Natural Beauty”. Beto is very active in the folklore scene in Puerto Rico, directing two folkloric ensembles, Bloco Afro Oxalá and La Liga Rumbera; as well as being a member of the groups Desde Cero, Los Majaderos de Cachete Maldonado and Grupo Carabalí.
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