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Salsa Artist of the Week: Cheo Feliciano

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Salsa Artist of the Week: Cheo Feliciano

At just 20 years old, the "bandboy" for Tito Rodriguez was invited to the stage to sing. With the songs "Chang t ven" and Barito", he left the crowd of all of New York's best dancers in awe. This is how Jos "Cheo" Feliciano Vega first became known publicly, though his musical development had been long in progress. He began in a school of music in Puerto Rico, and then continued to study music when his family moved to New York in 1952. Inspired by artists like Frank "Machito" Mon Rivera, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez, Cheo took a special interest in the percussion instruments, though he would eventually be most famous for his voice.<br/><br/>Cheo went on to join Joe Cuba's sextet. With the sextet for a decade, Cheo sung many of the sextet's now famous songs, such as "Salsa y bemb", "Callejero", "Cachondea", "A las seis", "El ratn" (see below), and "el pito", which was used in a Coca Cola ad....