Hands of fire: Cándido de Guerra Camero

Cándido de Guerra Camero (“Candido”) was born April 22, 1921 in Cuba.

At the time of this writing (June 22, 2016) you can still see him perform.

If you get the chance, do not miss it.

At 95, he needs a little help to get to his seat and drums, but from the first slap the power resonates from him and fills the room.

In the 1940s like so many Cuban music masters he moved to New York City where he has had an incalculable influence on the world of percussion and in fact is the most recorded conga drummer in the history of jazz.

Here’s an amateur video of him shot in 2015 when he won the Congressional Black Caucus’ Jazz Legacy Award.

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