Israel "Cachao" López (September 14, 1918 – March 22, 2008) was a Cuban double bassist and composer who helped popularize mambo in the United States in the early 1950s. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won several Grammy Awards, and has been described as "the inventor of the mambo". He is considered a master of descarga (Latin jam sessions).
Cachao was born in 1918 in Havana, into a family of musicians, many of them bassists—around forty or more in his extended family. As an 8-year-old bongo…
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