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After leaving his native Panama in 1966, singer and composer Azuquita recorded with Roberto Roena, Kako, the Salsa All-Stars and Cortijo between 1966 and 1969 before recording two solo albums on small labels in the early 1970s. He joined the Fania stable in 1975 and in addition to releasing two solo albums on Vaya, recorded with Kako on Alegre, Louie Ramírez on Cotique and made two albums with Típica 73 on Inca. Believing he had completed his commitment to Fania, Azuquita relocated to Paris in 1979. However, the label contacted him in 1980 to inform him that he owed them an album. He said he would only comply if he could record with the big band of Tito Puente, who, being aware of Azuquita's popularity in Paris, jumped at the chance. The upshot was that he provided lead vocals and penned half of Puente's 1981 album Ce' Magnifique for Tico Records. The album made little commercial impact at the time due to lack of promotion from Tico. Azuquita continued to be active on the salsa recording scene into the 2000s, making at least 11 albums for various labels. - John Child
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