Sunday, March 23, 2008

RIP Israel "Cachao" López

Cuban bassist and composer Israel Lopez died Saturday, March 22 at age 89.

The man simply known as Cacao and his late brother, multi-instrumentalist Orestes Lopez, are known for the creation in the late 1930s of the mambo, which emerged from their improvisational work with the danzon, an elegant musical style that lends itself to slow dancing.

Read the CBC story

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