Candido Camero dies November 7, 2020

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Candido Camero, 99, Conga Master and Jazz Innovator

The following is quoted from the New York Times Obituaries November 24, 2020.

"When you talk about percussion, particularly the evolution of conga playing,

you're talking about two periods - before Candido and after Candido",

the Grammy-nominated percussionist and bandleader Bobby Sanabria said...

"His contributions were lierally game changing."

 

Mr. Camero - just Candido to most fans and musicians -

brought his Afro-Cuban musical influences to the United States from Cuba

in the middle of the last century and brought a new dimension to both Latin music

and jazz. He played multiple conga drums simultaneously,

something new at the time, and introduced other innovations as he performed with

top names like Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton.

 

Mr. Sanabria summed up Mr. Camero's career succinctly:

"Every percussionist working today, in any context,

owes a debt of gratitude to him."

 

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