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Mongo Santamaria

Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: April 7, 1922 | Died: February 1, 2003    

Mongo Santamaria

Mongo Santamaria enjoyed a long and successful career in Latin music. His recordings and concert performances ranged from the authentic percussion music of Afro-Cuban religious rituals through to Latin-jazz reworkings of American jazz and pop hits.

His song Afro-Blue became a contemporary jazz standard, best-known in the coruscating version by saxophonist John Coltrane. His own adaptation of Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man provided the biggest hit of his career in 1963, and is regarded as a classic artefact on the Lounge Music scene.

He was born Ramon Santamaria in Cuba, and nicknamed Mongo by his father (the word denotes a tribal chief in Senegal). He began learning violin, but quickly switched to drums and then congas, and left school early to work as a musician on the highly active local scene in Havana....
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    Funk Up / Funk Down

    Milestone Records
    2004
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    Montreux Heat!

    EMI Music
    2003
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    Live At Jazz Alley

    Milestone Records
    2003
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    Afro-Indio / A La Carte

    Milestone Records
    2002
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    Afro American Latin

    Milestone Records
    2000
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    Mucho Mambo Mongo

    Milestone Records
    2000
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    Mongo'70/Mongo At Montreux

    Milestone Records
    1999
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