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"The bomba and plena heard on this recording are the materia prima (raw material) of today's two most African Puerto Rican musical traditions. When its dynamic leader Tito Matos created the group Viento de Agua ('Wind of Water'), he vowed to keep alive the 'streetcorner sound' of the plena, music rooted in the lives of ordinary people. Viento de Agua Unplugged plays the stripped-down, straight-ahead version of his music, foregrounding its essence -- the sound of unbridled percussion, underscoring lyrics that proclaim local topics. In these performances by veterens of bomba and plena, Tito proves his claim that 'There is no way to create if you don't have the roots'."