A Columbian salsa band led by Alexis Lozano, Orquesta Guayacßn rose to prominence during the 1990s. Born in Quibd=, the capital of Choc=, a Pacific coastal region of Colombia with a large Afro-Columbian population, Lozano began his musical career in tandem with Jairo Varela. The two musicians met as students in Bogatß and co-founded the group Niche, with which Lozano recorded four albums: Al Pasito (1979), Querer Es Poder (1981), Preparate Grupo Niche, Vol. 2 (1982), and Niche (1983). Lozano then split with Varela and founded his own group, Orquesta Guayacßn, which made its recording debut, Lleg= la Hora de la Verdad, in 1986, followed by Que la Sangre Alborota in 1987 and Guayacßn Es la Orquesta in 1988. This early incarnation of Orquesta Guayacßn features a lineup including co-founder Richie ValdTs (vocals) and his brothers William (timbales) and Julio CTsar ValdTs (bass), along with John Lozano (vocals) and Tanenbaum (keyboards), though Richie and William ValdTs left the group after Guayacßn Es la Orquesta and joined Varela in Grupo Niche. Lozano found replacements and moved onward, releasing a series of popular albums throughout the 1990s, including La Mßs Bella (1990), 5 A±os: Aferrados al Sabor (1991), Oiga, Mire, Vea (1992), Con el Coraz=n Abferto (1993), A Puro Golpe (1994), Familia RMM en Vivo (1994), Marcando la Diferencia (1995), Con Sabor Tropical (1997), Nadie Nos Quita Lo Bailao (1998), and De Nuevo en la Salsa (1999). The group's success continued well into the next millennium. ~ Jason Birchmeier, RoviPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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