Israel "Cachao" Lopez

Israel “Cachao” Lopez (born 1918 in Havana, Cuba), often known just as “Cachao” (pronounced kah- CHOW) is a Cuban mambo musician and composer, who has helped bring mambo music to popularity in the United States of America in the early 1950s. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has been described as “the inventor of the mambo”. He is considered a master of descarga (Latin jam sessions).

Lopez played the acoustic bass with his late brother, multi- instrumentalist Orestes Lopez. The brothers composed literally thousands of songs together and were heavily influential on Cuban music from the 1930s to the 1950s. They introduced the ritmo nuevo (”new rhythm”) in the late 1930s, which transformed the danzón by introducing African rhythms into Cuban music, which led to mambo.

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