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Mongo Santamaria

Mongo Santamaria
Born: Apr 7, 1922 in Havana, Cuba
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Died: Feb 1, 2003 in Miami, FL
Genre: Jazz, World
Biography: A Mongo Santamaria concert is a mesmerizing spectacle for both eyes and ears, and even in his seventies, this seemingly ageless Cuban percussionist/bandleader could energize packed behemoth arenas such as the Hollywood Bowl. A master conguero, Santamaria at his best creates an incantatory spell rooted ...Read full biography
Ubane
Released: 1976
Label: Fania Special
Critics' Rating:
Mongo Santamaria and Justo Betancourt contribute heavily to make this album one of the top Latin albums of 1976. The artists, with the creative input of longtime Santamaria arranger Marty Sheller, create ...Read full review
Drums and Chants
Released: 1978
Label: Vaya
Critics' Rating:
Whatever possessed Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria to release this recording of traditional chants and drumming modes from the various traditions of the Afro-Cuban experience reinvented him not only ...Read full review
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