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Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría (April 7, 1922 in Havana, Cuba – February 1, 2003) was an Afro-Cuban percussionist. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue", as performed by John Coltrane among others. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, etc. He was… read more

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  • What a mellow man ...
  • A genius
  • muito groove parum pião só.
  • Please vote for the correct name, Mongo Santamaría.
  • luckystoned said: cool stuff :)
  • Sofrito!!
  • of course of couse
  • Is Mongo Santamaría
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  • i had the honor to see him live at joshi's back in oakland. needless to say it was an amazing experience :)

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