Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria was one of the greatest Afro-Cuban Jazz percussionists, often performing with Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Bobo and Tito Puente. Most famous for composing Afro Blue, his music was symbolic of his deep connection and understanding of the African origins of his rhythms. He passed away on February 1, 2003 at 85-years old.

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Mongo Santamaria “Afro Blue” 1984

Uploaded by fortyjazz on May 26, 2010