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Oye Como Va

Tito Puente y El Canario


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"Oye Como Va" was written by Latin jazz and mambo musician Tito Puente in 1963 and popularized by Santana's Latin rock version in 1970.

The fact that the phrase “Oye como va” is the title of the song and is sung somewhat separately from the phrase “mi ritmo” makes it easy to interpret the meaning as “Hey, how’s it going?” However, the first sentence is actually “Oye como va mi ritmo,” meaning “Listen to how my rhythm goes.”

The song has the classic rhythm and tempo of cha-cha-cha.

National Public Radio included the song in its "NPR 100: The most important American musical works of the 20th century."

This 2009 performance features Tito Puente on drums and José Alberto "El Canario " whistling the "air flute."

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