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Mick Paauwe was born in The Hague, Holland but spent her youth in in Curaçao and Brazil where she naturally was confronted with a lot of Latin music and started playing guitar there, at the age of twelve. After moving back to Holland she switched to electric bass, playing in rock bands. But her passion for Salsa was unstoppable and after seeing Oscar de Leon on television singing and playing the baby-bass she decided to take up the double bass and form a Salsa band. Inspired by the godfather of Latin bass, Israel 'Cachao' Lopez, she started to organize 'descargas' (latin jams) in jazz clubs. In 1993 Mick began studying at the Latin department of the Rotterdam's conservatory, where she graduated in 1999
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