CUCO VALOY Y SU TRIBU - self-titled ( SALSA, MERENGUE ) 12" Vinyl LP Album

This is a Rare original pressing of "Cuco Valoy Y Su Tribu" from Santo Domingo / Dominican Republic

Rare original pressing from Santo Domingo / Dominican Republic

This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.

CUCO VALOY Y SU TRIBU - Self-Titled ( SALSA, MERENGUE ) 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

Album Description:

In the heart of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a musical masterpiece was born that would reverberate through the ages. The self-titled album "Cuco Valoy Y Su Tribu" stands as a testament to the fusion of rhythmic excellence and cultural heritage, encapsulated within the grooves of a 12" vinyl LP. This rare original pressing holds within its embrace the essence of salsa and merengue, two genres that have become synonymous with the vibrant energy of Latin American music.

A Glimpse into the Origins

Released in a time when vinyl records ruled the music industry, "Cuco Valoy Y Su Tribu" emerged as a gem from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cuco Valoy, both the driving force behind the album and its producer, meticulously crafted an auditory experience that intertwined the spirit of his nation with the universal appeal of salsa and merengue. The album's recording took place at Estudio Quisqueya, a hub of creativity that allowed the talents of the musicians to flourish.

The Sonic Architects

The album's sound owes much of its brilliance to the hands of the sound/recording engineer, July Ruiz. Ruiz's expertise brought the melodies to life, allowing each note to resonate with clarity. The album's cover and photos, captured by Tholman in Santo Domingo, further added to the album's identity, giving listeners a glimpse into the world that birthed these mesmerizing tunes.

Harmonious Ensemble

At the heart of "Cuco Valoy Y Su Tribu" lies the synergy of the band members, each contributing their musical prowess to create an immersive experience. Cuco Valoy himself, as the guiding force, led the ensemble with his charismatic vocals and commanding presence. Ramon Orlando-Valoy, Martin Valoy, Rafael "Fande" Ortiz, Diosnedy "Papo" Nunez, Hector Gaton, Jose Rivera, Richard Brador, Tito Andujar, Luis Ant Perez, Albert Mendez, and Gabby Arias, each instrumentalist and performer, poured their souls into the album's fabric.

Salsa and Merengue Convergence

As the needle touches the vinyl's surface, the listener is transported to a world where salsa and merengue intertwine seamlessly. The album's tracks encapsulate the spirit of dance, celebration, and emotional depth. The rhythmically intricate beats of merengue coexist harmoniously with the fiery passion of salsa, creating an intoxicating fusion that demands movement.

Cuco Valoy Biography:

Cuco Valoy is a name that resonates deeply within the realms of Latin American music, particularly in the genres of salsa and merengue. Born on 6 January 1937, in Manoguayabo, a town in the Dominican Republic, Valoy has carved a significant place for himself as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and composer. His contributions to these musical genres have left an indelible mark, earning him recognition as a prominent figure in Latin music history.

Musical Journey and Influences

Cuco Valoy's musical journey began at a young age. He was raised in a family that was musically inclined, and he was exposed to various musical styles from an early age. His father, Ramón Valoy, was a guitarist, and his brothers, Martín and Ramón Orlando Valoy, also became musicians. This environment laid the foundation for Cuco's lifelong passion for music.

Valoy's musical influences are diverse, ranging from the Afro-Caribbean rhythms that permeate Dominican culture to the sounds of Cuban and Puerto Rican music. He absorbed these influences and skillfully incorporated them into his own compositions, creating a unique blend of styles that became his signature.

Contributions to Salsa and Merengue

Cuco Valoy's music is characterized by its infectious rhythms, melodic richness, and socially relevant lyrics. His versatile voice and charismatic stage presence allowed him to seamlessly transition between salsa and merengue, often blending the two genres in his performances. Valoy's ability to fuse different musical elements while maintaining the authenticity of each genre contributed to his widespread appeal.

Throughout his career, Cuco Valoy released numerous albums and singles that garnered both critical acclaim and commercial success. His songs often addressed topics such as love, social issues, and cultural pride, resonating with audiences on both personal and societal levels.

Legacy and Impact

Cuco Valoy's impact on Latin music extends beyond his role as a performer. As a composer, he has written songs that have become classics within the Latin music canon. His compositions have been interpreted by a wide range of artists, solidifying his influence on subsequent generations of musicians.

Valoy's commitment to preserving the authenticity of Dominican music while infusing it with innovative elements has earned him respect from fellow artists and music enthusiasts alike. His dedication to his craft and his ability to adapt to changing musical landscapes have contributed to his enduring legacy.

Personal and Cultural Significance

Cuco Valoy's music holds immense cultural significance, not only in the Dominican Republic but also within the broader Latin American diaspora. His songs have been anthems of celebration and unity, played at parties, festivals, and gatherings across the globe. He has served as a cultural ambassador, carrying the rhythms and stories of his homeland to international stages.

In addition to his musical accomplishments, Cuco Valoy's contributions to the preservation and promotion of Dominican culture have earned him admiration within his country. He has received numerous accolades and honors for his contributions to music and cultural heritage.

Music Genre:

  Salsa / Merengue

Album Production Information:

  The album: "CUCO VALOY y SU TRIBU" was produced by: Cuco Valoy
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): July Ruiz
This album was recorded at: Estudio Quisqueya, Santo Domingo R.D.
Photos: Tholman, Santo Domingo, R.D

Record Label Information:

  Cuco Valoy Records CVR 1008

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Country of Origin:  Made in Dominican Republic
Band Members and Musicians on: CUCO VALOY y SU TRIBU
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Cuco Valoy
  • Ramon Orlando-Valoy
  • Martin Valoy
  • Rafael "Fande" Ortiz
  • Diosnedy "Papo" Nunez
  • Hector Gaton
  • Jose Rivera
  • Richard Brador
  • Tito Andujar
  • Luis Ant Perez
  • Albert Mendez
  • Gabby Arias
Track Listing of: "CUCO VALOY y SU TRIBU"

The Songs/tracks on "CUCO VALOY y SU TRIBU" are

    Side One:
  1. Confesion
  2. El Palo de Anon
  3. Marili
  4. Embarazada
  5. Cara de Tonto
    Side Two:
  1. Merengue Caliente
  2. La Epidemia
  3. Rosario
  4. Se Vende un Corazon
  5. El Fantasma


Front Cover Photo Of CUCO VALOY Y SU TRIBU - Self-Titled ( SALSA, MERENGUE ) 12" Vinyl LP Album


CUCO VALOY Y SU TRIBU - Self-Titled ( SALSA, MERENGUE ) 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

 Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo Of The Back Cover CUCO VALOY Y SU TRIBU - Self-Titled ( SALSA, MERENGUE ) 12" Vinyl LP Album


CUCO VALOY Y SU TRIBU - Self-Titled ( SALSA, MERENGUE ) 12" Vinyl LP Album back cover

Close up of Side One record's label CUCO VALOY Y SU TRIBU - Self-Titled ( SALSA, MERENGUE ) 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Cuco Valoy Y Su Tribu" Grey Colour Record Label Details: CVR 1008

"Cuco Valoy Y Su Tribu" Grey Colour Record Label Details: CVR 1008