He grew up in New York, playing with top NYC Salsa bands as a teenager in the early 80’s. Although his father, Kako Bastar was a well respected band leader/artist, Richie’s obvious talent and discipline earned him respect amongst his peers on his own merits. I played with him in the bands Casanova Y Montuno and Grupo Fascinacion.
Most of you know that he’s now a member of El Gran Combo. SlamaNater will put out an in-depth post on Richie in the near future but here’s a short and compelling video by Adam Gonzalez I wanted to share.
I had a chance to conduct a short interview with Richie so keep an eye out for that too.