Friday, May 07, 2010

Master Drummer Francisco Aguabella Passes Away!

Francisco Aguabella: October 10, 1925 - May 7, 2010

Another master of African-Caribbean music has passed away. Cuban master drummer Francisco Aguabella succumbed to a long battle with cancer today.

Though I had the pleasure of watching him perform live, it is his performances on some of my favorite classic recordings that really inspire awe.

Aguabella was featured on Mongo Santamaria's classic 1958 recording: Yambu.

He was also featured on Tito Puente's landmark 1957 recording: Top Percussion.

If Francisco Aguabella would have ended his musical career 52 years ago, he would still be enshrined in the Afro-Caribbean music Hall of Fame!