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date: 29 May 2020

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  • Marysol Quevedo


(b Camagüey, Cuba, May 12, 1944). Cuban percussionist. His father, an opera singer, encouraged him to follow his passion for music. He began studying percussion with the bongos, developing his skills on all Latin percussion instruments, especially the timbales. His family moved to New York in 1956, where he played a crucial role in the developing salsa scene. He performed with the Orquesta Típica of Belisario López, the Orquesta de Fajardo, and later Johnny Pacheco’s ensemble, participating in Fania label’s first recording in 1964 Pacheco, his Flute and Latin Jam. He played a seminal role in the development of Fania Records’ sound as a founding member of the Fania All-Stars, recording with Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, among many others. He collaborated with Ray Barreto in the Típica 73, and with Rubén Blades and Héctor Lavoe in his own ensemble Los Kimbos. In 1980 he moved to San Francisco, where he collaborated with Carlos Santana until ...

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