Eddie Palmieri
At Carnegie Hall
La Coleccion Cubana
Celia Cruz

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This Afro-Cuban dance genre was quite popular during the 1940s and became part of the big band sound of the 1950s. It was performed by the Cuban conjunto, which included an ensemble of voice, trumpets, and rhythm sections. The rhythm sections would include a bass, conga drum, and timbale or cowbell. Rhythmic content of the mambo varied from instrument to instrument, but each of the eighth notes would receive a beat but not necessarily an accent. Moderate to rapid tempos are indicated by the mambo rhythm, and the music is especially open to brass and or reed riffs played during the dance music.

Mambo Artists Highlights

Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri
Celia Cruz
Celia Cruz
Tito Puente
Tito Puente
Pérez Prado
Pérez Prado
Machito
Machito
Beny Moré
Beny Moré

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Mambo Album Highlights

At Carnegie Hall
Buena Vista Social Club
At Carnegie Hall
La Coleccion Cubana
Beny Moré
La Coleccion Cubana
Mondo Mambo: The Best of Perez Prado
Pérez Prado
Mondo Mambo: The Best of ...
The Essential Tito Puente
Tito Puente
The Essential Tito Puente
Mucho Macho: Machito & His Afro-Cuban Salseros
Machito / Machito & Afro ...
Mucho Macho: Machito & His ...
1954
Erroll Garner
1954

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Mambo Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Chan Chan Buena Vista Social Club
Barbaro del Ritmo Beny Moré
Mambo No. 5 Pérez Prado
Oye Como Va Tito Puente
Mambo Jambo Machito & Afro Cuban Salseros
Begin the Beguine
Erroll Garner
Mi Guajira Eddie Palmieri & His Conjunto La Perfecta
Bonito y Sabroso Beny Moré
Elige Tú Que Canto Yo Beny Moré
Frenesí Pérez Prado

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