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Perez Prado

“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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Discography

 

Cherry Pink And Apple...

Agorafobia Tapes
2001

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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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The Masters

Agorafobia Tapes
1997

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King Of Mambo

Agorafobia Tapes
1995

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World's Mambo

Agorafobia Tapes
1991

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