Hey, Mambo

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This week, we celebrate the birthday of Cuban bass master Israel “Cachao” Lopez, father of the mambo and most famous member of a family that has spawned over 40 bass players (that was nephew Orlando “Cachaito” Lopez who put the booty under the Buena Vista Social Club). Over the course of his eight-decade career, Cachao—who passed away at age 89 in March ’08—had a huge impact on Cuban music. Try staying still while listening to this duet with fellow Cuban legend Bebo Valdes from the incredible 2000 movie Calle 54.


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