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Francisco Aguabella - congas A master percussionist who was born in Matanzas Cuba, Francisco Aguabella is one of the first eschelon of drummers who came to America and are responsible for all drummers that came after them," says Latin percussionist John Santos in the movie "Sworn To The Drum.” Francisco Aguabella was born October 10, 1925, and raised in the Matanzas drumming tradition of Cuba. In 1953, he immigrated to the United States and established himself in California as an olu batá (batá drummer). Batá drumming is a ceremonial musical style that plays an integral role in the African-derived religion of Santeria, practiced in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and, since the 1950s, in the United States

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Malo: Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles

Read "Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"Malo was pretty much a jam," reflects Malo bandleader Jorge Santana (younger brother to Carlos Santana) in the notes to Latin Bugaloo. “Just a lot of natural energy. But it had to be structured into an arrangement." Latin Bugaloo compiles the A-and B-sides of six Malo singles released during the band's 1970s golden age, ...

Sonic Styles of the Seventies

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Hugo Fattoruso Hugo Fattoruso Y Bario Opa Far Out Recordings 2018 Once upon a time in Uruguay, teenage brothers Osvaldo and Hugo Fattoruso stepped out of their musical family trio to play guitar and bass for popular Latin American jazz (swing) and rock 'n' roll ensembles venturing in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Santos: Keeper of the Culture

Read "John Santos: Keeper of the Culture" reviewed by Steve Bryant

In a career spanning almost 40 years, percussionist John Santos has gained world-wide renown and acclaim as one of the great composers and bandleaders in the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom. The four-time Grammy nominee is one of the foremost proponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of its traditional musical forms ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Poncho Sanchez: Mambo King

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For over 30 years, conguero/bandleader Poncho Sanchez has been the premier proponent of West Coast Latin Jazz. Growing up in Norwalk, California, Sanchez was exposed to and influenced by two very different styles of music: Afro-Cuban music and bebop, as well as R&B. Originally a guitarist, Sanchez taught himself the flute, drums, and timbales before finally ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Tribute for Percussionist Francisco Aguabella

Tribute for Percussionist Francisco Aguabella

A concert Saturday in New York was dedicated to the memory of Afro-Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella, who died earlier this month in Los Angeles. “They need him Up There to keep the rumba going," Papo Pepn told the New York Daily News in advance of Saturday's “The Conga Kings" concert at New York University's Skirball Center ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Francisco Aguabella Afro-Cuban Percussionist Dies

Francisco Aguabella  Afro-Cuban Percussionist Dies

Aguabella, a sacred drummer of the Santeria religion, left Cuba in the 1950s. He performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana and the Doors. Francisco Aguabella plays the conga drums in Hollywood. He was the master of masters," says Danilo Lozano, an ethnomusicology professor and former bandmate. Francisco Aguabella, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnny Conga: Breaking Skin

Read "Breaking Skin" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Johnny Conga comes from a long line of illustrious tumbadora (conga) players. From the musical evidence on Breaking Skin, this genealogy may begin with the likes of Chano Pozo, Mongo Santamaria, Tata Guines, Candido, Armando Peraza and Francisco Aguabella. Lest there be a scream of “blasphemy," it bears mention that Conga stylistically connects the ancient with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

April Jazz at Charlie O's

April Jazz at Charlie O's

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and we look forward to seeing you in April for great jazz performances. A BIG birthday celebration for Jo-Ann the 3rd with Rickey Woodard, John Heard, Roy McCurdy and Lanny Hartley, a birthday celebration for Judy Wexler on the 26th, a birthday celebration for Don Menza on the 25th, a special ...

Ochimini

Label: Cubop
Released: 2004
Track listing: Ochimini; Funky Cha; Love For Sale; Nuestra Era; OBA; Tumbaito; Guajira Candela; Makin


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