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Ray Lugo The Boogaloo Destroyers Mi Watusi
Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers - Mi Watusi
(CD/LP/Digital) Freestyle Records FSRCD087, 2011-06-06

Rays' teenage years in New York saw him immersed in the vibrant Big Apple music scene, working as a roadie, band manager, studio engineer and label manager before taking to the stage in alternative rock and latin ska bands in the early 1990s and eventually forming Kokolo Afrobeat, who established a worldwide reputation through touring and recordings, Ray never lost that love for latin music he had experienced in his early years and often talked about a possible latin music project when he could find the time. In 2010, he finally achieved that dream. Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers were born! For the record, boogaloo was the New York fusion of latin music, rhythm & blues and soul which immediately became the soundtrack for second and third generation Puerto Ricans raised on son, guaracha, bomba and plena but who equally loved Tamla Motown, James Brown and Ray Charles! With it's English and often double entendre lyrics and street-slang, it appealed to everyone. It didn't matter if you were black, white, brown, Latino, Italian, Jewish or African-American... anybody could dance the boogaloo! On this album, Ray's repertoire consists of classics from the likes of El Gran Combo, Willie Rosario, Ray Barretto, and Mongo Santamaria though Ray has re-arranged some tracks and added new lyrics and choruses to others. From the opening track Soy El Rey Del Boogaloo to the final song Lugo's Boogaloo, this album proves in the 21st century, boogaloo is still alive and kicking in New York City and Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers are the leaders of the new school! Viva La Nueva Generacion!

Ray Lugo The Boogaloo Destroyers Mi Watusi
Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers - Mi Watusi
(CD/LP/Digital) Freestyle Records FSRCD087, 2011-06-06

Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers - Swingy Boogaloo (akaGran Combo’s Boogaloo) by Freestyle Records

Tracklisting :
01. Soy El Rey
02. Swingy Boogaloo
03. Combolu
04. My Shingaling
05. A Taste Of Honey
06. Let's Boogaloo
07. El Bantu
08. At The Party
09. Me And You Baby (picao Y Tostao)
10. Lugo's Boogaloo

Links :
raylugomusic.blogspot.com/
facebook.com/pages/Ray-Lugo-The-Boogaloo-Destroyers/201482059879991
facebook.com/ray.lugo1
myspace.com/raylugo
soundcloud.com/raylugo
raylugo.podomatic.com
youtube.com/user/FunkyNYC
freestylerecords.co.uk
myspace.com/freestylerecordsuk
soundcloud.com/freestyle-records
facebook.com/FreestyleRecords
twitter.com/freestylerecrds
kudosrecords.co.uk (UK Distribution)
labaleine.fr (France Distribution)

Press Release :
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised on the lower east side of Manhattan, Ray Lugo has experienced such an enormous variety of music in his life time, from attending gigs by Fania Records super stars with his parents as a young boy, though to being a roadie on the Beastie Boys 'License to Ill' tour, performing in bands, managing bands, running record labels and club nights - Ray has seen the music world from every angle possible.

Rays' teenage years in New York saw him immersed in the vibrant Big Apple music scene, working as a roadie, band manager, studio engineer and label manager before taking to the stage in alternative rock and latin ska bands in the early 1990s and eventually forming Kokolo Afrobeat, who established a worldwide reputation through touring and recordings, Ray never lost that love for latin music he had experienced in his early years and often talked about a possible latin music project when he could find the time. In 2010, he finally achieved that dream. Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers were born!

For the record, boogaloo was the New York fusion of latin music, rhythm & blues and soul which immediately became the soundtrack for second and third generation Puerto Ricans raised on son, guaracha, bomba and plena but who equally loved Tamla Motown, James Brown and Ray Charles! With it's English and often double entendre lyrics and street-slang, it appealed to everyone. It didn't matter if you were black, white, brown, Latino, Italian, Jewish or African-American... anybody could dance the boogaloo!

On this album, Ray's repertoire consists of classics from the likes of El Gran Combo, Willie Rosario, Ray Barretto, and Mongo Santamaria though Ray has re-arranged some tracks and added new lyrics and choruses to others. From the opening track 'Soy El Rey Del Boogaloo' to the final song 'Lugo's Boogaloo', this album proves in the 21st century, boogaloo is still alive and kicking in New York City and Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers are the leaders of the new school!

Viva La Nueva Generacion!

Lubi Jovanovic - International salsa DJ & CD compiler - (Fania/Nascente/Freestyle)

Ray Lugo Biography :
New York City Afrobeat/Funk producer, composer and instrumentalist (guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, vocals).
Founder of the Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra and Ray Lugo's L.E.S. Express.

Ray Lugo Discography :
Albums:
Ray Lugo's L.E.S. Express: TBD (Record Kicks - 2011)
KOKOLO: Heavy Hustling (Record Kicks - 2009)
KOKOLO: Love International (Freestyle - 2007)
KOKOLO: More Consideration (Freestyle - 2004)
KOKOLO AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA: Fuss And Fight (Afrokings - 2002)

12" Singles | E.P.'s:
KOKOLO: The Magnificent Seven/Uptown Felaz EP (Shiftin Gears - 2010)
KOKOLO: Nueva York (Malena's Nuyorican Mix) (Freestyle - 2008)
KOKOLO: Balkan Beat Box Split EP (Sol Selectas - 2008)
KOKOLO: Sabroso (Freestyle - 2005)
KOKOLO: Roy Davis Jr. Split EP (Jamayka - 2005)
KOKOLO: More Consideration EP (Freestyle - 2005)
KOKOLO: Mister Sinister (Jamayka - 2004)
KOKOLO: Root To The Fruit (Freestyle - 2004)

7" Singles:
RAY LUGO'S L.E.S. EXPRESS: Love Me Good (Record Kicks - 2010)
RAY LUGO'S L.E.S. EXPRESS: I Dream Of Bahia (Record Kicks - 2009)
KOKOLO: Afrika Man (Record Kicks - 2009)
KOKOLO: Soul Power (Record Kicks - 2008)
KOKOLO AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA: Girls On Film (Record Kicks - 2008)
KOKOLO: The Magnificent Seven (VampiSoul - 2008)
KOKOLO: The Way Up (Tramp - 2007)
KOKOLO: Our Own Thing (Freestyle - 2007)
KOKOLO: Heaven (AfroKats - 2007)
KOKOLO: Each One Teach One (AfroKats - 2006)
KOKOLO AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA: Donkey (Afrokings - 2002)

Remixes:
The Liberators - Rags To Riches (Ray Lugo Remix) (Record Kicks - 2010)
Brownout - Ayer y Hoy (Ray Lugo Remix) (Six Degrees - 2010)
Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience - Scaramunga (Ray Lugo Remix) (Record Kicks - 2010)
Afrika Man (Diesler Remix) (Record Kicks - 2009)
Soul Power (Lack Of Afro Remix) (Record Kicks - 2008)
Our Own Thing (Diesler Remix) (Freestyle - 2008)
Sabroso (Sabo Remix) (Sol Selectas - 2007)
Heaven (Ando Kal Remix) (AfroKats - 2007)
Each One Teach One (White Mike Remix) (AfroKats - 2006)
Mister Sinister (Word Of Mouth Remix) (Jamayka - 2005)
Mama Don't Want No Gun (BeatFanatic Remix) (Freestyle - 2005)
Late Night Closed Eyes (White Mike Remix) (Freestyle - 2004)
Candela (Ritchie Pitch Remix) (Freestyle - 2004)
Mister Sinister (Faze Action Remix) (Jamayka - 2004)

Compilations:
V.A. Soul Shaker Vol. 7 (Record Kicks - 2010)
KOKOLO: Pegao Pegao (Radio Pirata - 2010)
V.A. Dancers Masterpiece (P-Vine - 2010)
V.A. City Lounge 7 (Wagram - 2010)
V.A. Deep Funk Vol. 3 (La Suite - 2010)
V.A. Mo' Record Kicks (Record Kicks - 2010)
V.A. Soul Shaker Vol. 6 (Record Kicks - 2009)
V.A. H2G Japan (H2G Factory - 2009)
V.A. Power Up The Planet (Planetwize - 2009)
V.A. Funk Aid For Africa (Dubspot - 2009)
V.A. Republica Afrobeat 3 (Love Monk - 2009)
V.A. Balearic Beach Sessions (Cool Pool - 2009)
V.A. Afrobeat Club (Union Square - 2009)
V.A. Rough Guide To Afrobeat Revival (WMN - 2009)
V.A. Soul Shaker Vol. 5 (Record Kicks - 2008)
V.A. Funkanova (Prominence - 2008)
V.A. Collected Singles Vol. 5 (Freestyle - 2008)
V.A. Collected Singles Vol. 2 (Freestyle - 2008)
V.A. Collected Singles Vol. 1 (Freestyle - 2008)
V.A. Nu Afro (Wagram - 2007)
V.A. Soul Shaker Vol. 4 (Record Kicks - 2007)
V.A. The Afro Sound Of House (Traxsource - 2007)
V.A. Timeless Anthems (Jetstar - 2006)
V.A. Feel The Beat: Afrofunk (Big Sur - 2006)
V.A. Freestyle Remixed (Freestyle - 2006)
V.A. Loft Party (Kinky Sweet - 2006)
V.A. Beginners Guide To Afro Lounge (Nascente - 2006)
V.A. Afrique C'est Chic Box Set (Kinky Sweet - 2005)
V.A. Even Nice Girls (Public Release - 2005)
V.A. Frequent Flyer Mile High (Kinky Sweet - 2005)
V.A. Afrique C'est Chic 3 (Slip 'N Slide - 2005)
V.A. Future World Funk…On The Run (Ether - 2005)
V.A. House Afrika (House Afrika - 2004)
V.A. Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project (Modiba - 2004)
V.A. One Love Vol. 1 (Pure Hemp - 2004)
V.A. African Xpress (Shakti/Virgin - 2003)
V.A. Big Daddy Volume 3: The Showstopper (Big Daddy - 2002)
V.A. Live From WFMU (WFMU - 2002)
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