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Mongo Santamaria
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Armen Donelian, piano
Gonzalo Fernandez, flauta traversa
Mike ¨Coco¨ Dimartino, trompeta
Mongo Santamaría, congas
Eddie ¨Guagua¨ Rivera, bajo
Mario Papaito Muñoz y Julito Collazo, percusion y voces
Steve Berríos, batería

Neal Creque, composición
Marty Sheller, arreglo

Mr.J aka ( Novice - the old school jewel )

Hey , thanks for this post. Loving the vibe.and it sparks memories.
My connection to Mongo Santa maria starts back in the late 70's early 80's.

I went to his home with my good friend , Grandson Jose Santa maria ( AKa- Poochie). Poochie's dad drove us to see Mongo. So there were 3 generations of Santa maria's in one room. Poochie was asking his grand dad
to teach him how to play the congos. The way fate would have it. Our generation was used to launch the greatest youth movement, the world has come to know. The culture of Hip Hop. Among the early recordings was a song
titled " Disco dream" by the Mean Machine. The first bi-lingual rap song.
Life took Grandson and I in different directions, but in 1991 or 1992 we crossed paths while in Manhattan. We spoke for a bit and he told me to call him Jose.
Looking back , It's interesting just how similar our lives are. . I didn't know his middle name was Jose and he didn't know my middle mane was Antonio.
His Grand father ( Mongo ) was an immigrant from Cuba. My grandmother's dad migrated and passed on while living in Cuba.. Also interesting was my brief stint in the music industry. Just like Mongo,, but through the rap genre we fused rap with rock. We helped to expand the rap audience, with our song " The Sounds of the Mic" Jive / Arista label. Got write up in Billboard and was among the first rap songs played on Dick Clark's
American Band Stand. . So thank you for exposing me to greatness.

So where ever you be my brother, hope life has been good to you. as we hit our mid 50's.. Condolences on Mongo's passing. Give a big hug to that angel Dee Dee. Your mom is/was a mother to all of us on the block.

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¡Tremenda versión clásica!

Derek Irving

I'm not Latin but, I grew up in the South Bronx, and I remember when my moms would send me to the bodega on the corner and this type beautiful music would be playing, the elders would have whatever instruments they had and played along outside of the store; this music is nostalgic and made the struggle beautiful

Barbara. Norkn

@Luis Guillermo Mejia nhi


Same memories, but from Brooklyn (Bushwick). Much love to you all.

Roger Gomez

The first 5 seconds were sampled on a nore song also dmx has a song with a jose jose sample

Derek Irving

@Mervin Yearwood Wow! 163 and Rogers place

Luis Guillermo Mejia

Derek Irving. You described an exact way, "beautiful music”

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Carlos Tarazona

No sé cómo pude vivir 28 años de mi vida sin encontrar este brutal tema, es que te transporta, música pura. Bog- Col. 2020.

Ricardo Franco

pues el COLOMBIANO Edy Martínez alcanzo a tocar con mongo Santamaria esta canción, aunque la versión que estas oyendo es del pianista Armen Donelian
con este código encuentras una versión de nuestro compatriota h4gHP7zZsjk

Elizabeth Zapata hernandez


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