Founded by Ignacio Piñeiro in 1927, this legendary rumba group is now led by singer Eugenio "Raspa" Rodriguez, who is as vibrant as ever.
"Raspa is a magnificent vocalist … singing with conviction and joy, buoyed by crisp percussion, sleek tres guitar and a sly trumpet. Fans will also want to take note of the guest vocals by Nacional's infrequent collaborator Bertha Portuondo, on a sizzling version of 'La Mulata rumbera,' an old Ignacio Piñeiro original. This is all great stuff, solidly in the true, authentic tradition."—Slipcue Guide to World Music
"The music is every bit as infectious and danceable in the 21st century as it was in the 1920s…. Most of the songs are fusions of the Son either with the older Rumba rhythms or with other rhythms such as the bolero or guaracha. This results in a range of tempos and textures."—Timba