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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).

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