Thu. Sep. 20, 2018

Mongo Santamaría – Watermelon Man (Columbia)

Classics: Mongo Santamaría – Watermelon Man (Columbia)

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mongo Santamaría is remembered as a major figure in the history of Latin music. A rumba quinto master and a percussionist, he played with other legends such as Tito Puente, Cal Tjader and Fania All Stars. Thus melting Afro-Cuban Rhythms with R&B & Soul.

His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock‘s ‘Watermelon Man’ got inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. He would re-record an extended version of it 16 years later on Bob James‘s Tappen Zee label. This with the latter on piano. But also Salsa diva Guadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond, better known as La Lupe, on vocals and Gwen Guthrie on the backing…

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