Mongo Santamaria

Mongo Santamaria
1922 - 2003
Mongo Santamaria  Cuban Jazz Musician

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First Name Mongo
Last Name Santamaría
Alternative Name Mongo
Age 80 (age at death) years
Birthday 7th April, 1922
Birthplace Cuba
Died 1st February, 2003
Place of Death Miami, Florida, U.S.
Build Average
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Aries
Ethnicity Black
Nationality Cuban
Occupation Text Musician
Occupation Jazz Musician
Music Genre (Text) Latin jazz, Brown-Eyed Soul, Pachanga, boogaloo, salsa
Music Genre Latin, Percussion
Year(s) Active 1950–1998
Music Style World Fusion, Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Cuban Jazz, Boogaloo, Afro-Cuban, Crossover Jazz, Cuban Traditions
Music Mood Party/Celebratory, Carefree, Earnest, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Wry, Sophisticated, Organic, Playful, Freewheeling, Innocent, Literate, Exuberant, Aggressive, Confident, Witty, Rousing, Passionate, Rambunctious, Searching, Elaborate
Instrument Percussion, Conga
Instrument (text) Congas, bongos
Record Label Fantasy, Riverside, Columbia, Vaya, Concord Picante
Associated Acts La Lupe, Tito Puente, Fania All Stars, Cal Tjader, Fania All-Stars

Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez (April 7, 1917 – February 1, 2003) was a Cuban percussionist and bandleader who spent most of his career in the United States. Primarily a conga drummer, Santamaría was a leading figure in the pachanga and boogaloo dance crazes of the 1960s. His biggest hit was his rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man", which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. From the 1970s, he recorded mainly salsa and Latin jazz, before retiring in the late 1990s.

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