Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Francisco Aguabella, Director. The legendary Los-Angeles based Francisco Aguabella (1925-2010) (1992 NEA National Heritage Fellow) was a sacred drummer of the Santeria religion who left Cuba in the 1950s to work with dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham on the movie "Mambo." He went on to perform with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana, the Doors and many others. Aguabella was featured in the documentary "Sworn to the Drum," released in 1995. Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie said of him, "Aguabella is the John Coltrane of the Conga Drums."
UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology collection Note on label: Afro Cuban Ensemble
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