Black Entertainment : RAMON "MONGO" SANTA MARIA - CONGUERO DEL REY!

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Again, my greatest influence as a child...pleease listen to him on the tune MAZACOTE or AFRO BLUE, a jazz classic done many times over by other Jazz giants...

    Mongo Santa Maria was an African Cuban percussionist, who's parents brought him up to be intensely proud of his Africaness, and it is clear in his association with his music, religion, and social engagement with Africans here in the United States, and elsewhere... In the 1960's, Mongo, along with Willie BoBo, African Puerto Rican percussionist(Bongocero), reached out constantly to African American musicians and African American social style and politics in their playing... Mongo even composed a tune which he entitled, Malcolm X many years after Malcolm was physically departed from us... A clear indication of where he was in Mongo's heart and mind...

    Like John Coltrane, he represents to me, something more than music... His drumming on AFRO ROOTS is all African Cuban Santeria and Orisha rhythm, and it is spell-binding... Mongo, also, played with Tito Puente on his classic 1957 album, Puente In Percussion, which was another salute to the Orishas in Cuban and Puerto Rican Santeria... Intereting, at the time, because no one thought such albums would sell with all the pure drumming and percussion, but it sold off the hook! The quality of the sound from the 1957 album is NOT great, but who cares... It is a great sound document of African Diasporan cultural retention of our roots... So is AFRO ROOTS, by Mongo Santa Maria...


    Peace!
    Isaiah
     
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