Israel 'Cachao' Lopez

Israel 'Cachao' Lopez
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Israel 'Cachao' Lopez
Music: North side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Latin Musician
Born 1918 in Havana, Cuba
Died March 22, 2008 in Coral Gables Hospital, Fla.

Israel "Cachao" Lopez, the Cuban bassist and composer, is credited with pioneering the mambo style of music.

Known simply as Cachao (ka-CHAH-o), the Grammy-winning musician and his brother, multi-instrumentalist Orestes "Macho" Lopez, are known for the creation in the late 1930s of the mambo, which emerged from their improvisational work in Cuba with the danzon, an elegant musical style that lends itself to slow dancing.

His career enjoyed a revival in the 1990s with the help of Andy Garcia's documentary "Cachao . . . Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos" (Like His Rhythm There Is No Other) and the release of several CDs, including the Grammy-winning album "Ahora Si!" in 2004.

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