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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: December 11, 1916 | Died: September 14, 1989

“The Mambo King”

The word mambo comes from the nañigo dialect spoken in Cuba. It probably has no real meaning, but occurs in the phrase “abrecuto y guiri mambo” (”open your eyes and listen”) used to open Cuban song contests. In the Bantu language of West Africa, mambo means “conversation with the gods” and in nearby Haiti, a Mambo is a voodoo priestess.

The mambo as we know it today is actually a rhythm whose tempo may be slow or fast, and almost any standard tune can be set to its tempo. The saxophone usually sets the rhythm pattern and the brass carries the melody....
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Featured recording “Havana 3 a.m.”

Havana 3 a.m.

RCA Victor
1956
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    Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

    Agorafobia Tapes
    2001
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    The Masters

    Agorafobia Tapes
    1997
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    Perez Prado Vol. 2

    Agorafobia Tapes
    1997
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    Perez Prado Vol. 1

    Agorafobia Tapes
    1997
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    King Of Mambo

    Agorafobia Tapes
    1995
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    El Rey Del Mambo - Los 24 Mejores Mambos

    Agorafobia Tapes
    1991
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    World's Mambo

    Agorafobia Tapes
    1991
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