Mongo Santamaria

Mongo Santamaria
1922 - 2003

Mongo Santamaria  Cuban 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
Zodiac Sign Aries
Nationality Cuban
Occupation Text Musician
Occupation Musician
Music Genre (Text) Latin jazz, brown-eyed soul
Music Genre Latin, Percussion
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
Associated Acts 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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