R.I.P. Candido! Sadly we say goodbye to Cuban legendary percussionist Candido Camero who passed away aged 99.
Considered by many a (the) father of Latin Jazz, his music and flamboyant style has thrilled audiences worldwide since the 40s.
His bongoes are the ultimate, no one can compare!
He lived his life in a celebration of music, now we can celebrate his life by listening and dancing to his music.
Here are a few that I will be getting down to...
"Mambo Inn" from The Billy Taylor Trio With Candido - 1956
Take More Candi from "Brujerias" De Candido / Candidos "Latin McGuffas Dust" - 1971
Serenade To A Savage from Beautiful - 1970
Thousand Finger Man - 1970
Candidos Funk from Drum Fever - 1973
Samba Funk from Candi's Funk - 1979
From his Wiki page:
Camero was born in San Antonio de los Banios, near Havana, to Caridad Guerra and Candido Camero. He learned to play on condensed milk cans. He later moved to Havana proper. Camero*s father taught him how to play the tres, a type of guitar. He also learned to play bass, bongo, and conga, the last of which would later become his primary instrument.
Early in his career, Camero played as conguero for the Tropicana Club. He moved to New York City in 1946 or 1947, after first arriving in the city on a tour. He first performed in New York in the musical revue, Tidbits, at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway in 1946 backing up the Cuban dance team of Carmen and Rolando. In 1948, he made his first U.S. recording with Machito and His Afro-Cubans on the tune "El Rey del Mambo" as well as working with Dizzy Gillespie. During 1953-54, he was in the Billy Taylor Trio and in 1954 he performed and recorded with Stan Kenton.
As one of the best known congueros in the US, Camero performed on variety shows such as The Jackie Gleason Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.
Cameros album, Inolvidable, was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album in 2004. He received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2008. He received a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award the following year.
A documentary about Camero titled Candido: Hands of Fire was released in 2006.
Camero died on November 7, 2020, at his home in New York. He was 99.