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80 (age at death) years
7th April, 1922
1st February, 2003
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Latin jazz, brown-eyed soul
World Fusion, Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Cuban Jazz, Boogaloo, Afro-Cuban, Crossover Jazz, Cuban Traditions
Party/Celebratory, Carefree, Earnest, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Wry, Sophisticated, Organic, Playful, Freewheeling, Innocent, Literate, Exuberant, Aggressive, Confident, Witty, Rousing, Passionate, Rambunctious, Searching, Elaborate
La Lupe, Tito Puente
Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez (April 7, 1917 – February 1, 2003) was a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue", recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, etc. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
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