One player, multiple drums – Candido and NFamara

Nfamara Badjie Master drummer from Gambia watches Cándido Camero

Up until the middle part of the 20th century, hand drumming followed a pretty simple rule: One man, one drum (unless it was a two headed drum, tablas, or bongo drums.)

Then something changed.

What was it?


Bobby Sanabria interviews Cándido Camero, the most recorded conga player in jazz history.


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The making of Machito’s “Fireworks” – Harvey Averne

Nominated for the 1977 Grammy Award


Music featured in this program

00:00 Macho (First Movement)
10:50 Soy Salsero
21:04 Mi Rito Llego
28:28 Despierta Boricua
36:22 Macho (Second Movement)


Liner Notes

Side A

Mi Ritmo Llego * (Guaguanco/4:55
(My Rhythm is Here)
(Ubaldo “Lalo” Rodriequez) (Coco Mus./BMI)
(Arr: Ray Santos)

Desilusion * (Bolero/3:45
(I’m Disillusioned)
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The Pedrito Martinez Group – Tuve Una Revelación

From Tiny Desk Concerts, one of the best things NPR does.

Recent work from the Pedrito Martinez Group…

“Tuve Una Revelación” (I had a revelation)

Medicina para el alma en el siglo XXI.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Remembering Arsenio Rodríguez – Maestro de maestros

Rene Lopez pays tribute to Arsenio Rodríguez (Ignacio de Loyola Rodríguez Scull) born Güira de Macurijes, Matanzas, Cuba, August 30, 1911.

The Arsenio piece that Lopez refers to in his talk: “Yo Nací en África” (“I Was Born in Africa”)

A tasty instrumental version of “Bruca Manigua” recorded in 1963. Ffrom the album “La Magia de Rodríguez”

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Son in Havana 1928-30

Imagine being able to go back in time and actually SEE classic Son ensembles of the 1920s perform in Havana.

Thanks to an unexpected discovery hidden in the archives of the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections you can do that now.

Ensembles like this are the root of everything.

In the late 1930s, they evolved into … Read more