Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Francisco Aguabella - sacred drummer of Santeria religion -dies at 84

Francisco Aguabella died Friday, May 7th. of cancer at his Los Angeles home. Aguabella was a sacred drummer of the Santeria religion who was born in Cuba.  He performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana and the Doors among many others.

Here is an obituary from CBC News

"Francisco Aguabella, an Afro-Cuban percussionist whose rhythms backed up Peggy Lee, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon, has died at his home in Los Angeles after battling cancer. He was 84.

A master sacred drummer of the Santeria religion, Aguabella played in Havana's leading nightclubs in the 1950s, where he was seen by legendary dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham.

He left Cuba to work with Dunham on the 1954 film Mambo, starring Shelley Winters, and then went on to share the stage with Lee, Gillespie, Tito Puente and others." ...(Cont.)...

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