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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
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
Stone Soul
Released: 1969
Label: Columbia
Critics' Rating:
By now, Mongo Santamaria was basically tied to the formula of translating pop and soul hits of the day - "See Saw," "Love Child," "Little Green Apples" etc. - into his Latin soul jazz idiom, but he and ...Read full review
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