Tata Güines


Tata Güines

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name=Tata Güines (Federico Aristides Soto y Alejoà)


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birth_date=June 30, 1930
birth_place=Güines, Matanzas, Cuba
death_date=February 4, 2008
death_place=Havana, Cuba

Tata Güines (born Federico Aristides Soto y Alejoà June 30, 1930, died February 4, 2008) was a Cuban percussionist on the tumbadora, or conga drum, as well as a composer. He was important in the first generation of Afro-Cuban jazz.cite web
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title=Tata Güines, 77, Cuban Master of the Congas, Is Dead - New York Times
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Güines was born in Güines, a poor town east of Havana in Matanzas province of Cuba. He made his first drums out of milk cartons and sausages. He became famous for playing the conga, a tall, narrow drum of Congolese brought to Cuba by African slaves from the Congo. By the 1950s he was working with such top Cuban musician as Arsenio Rodriguez, Chano Pozo, Bebo Valdes and Israel Lopez. [ [http://www.france24.com/en/20080205-cuban-king-congas-dies-77-music-cuba&navi=CULTURE "Cuban 'king of congas' dies at 77"] , France 24, February 5, 2008] In the late 1950s he formed a band with the pianist Frank Emilio Flynn, forming a new band, "Quinteto Instrumental de Musica Moderna", later known as "Los Amigos".

Güines moved to New York City in 1957, playing there with great jazz players such as Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, and Miles Davis at Birdland. As a percussionist, he performed with Josephine Baker and Frank Sinatra. He returned to Cuba in 1959 after Fidel Castro came to power in the Cuban revolution which he helped fund by contributions from his earnings as a musician. [cite web
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title=Tata Güines; percussionist called 'King of the Congas' - The Boston Globe
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For a while instrumentalists fell out of favor with the Cuban public and his popularity diminished. He again became popular in 1979 with his work in the Estrellas de Areito sessions, recording for Egrem, the Cuban state record company, which revived the old descarga style. By the 1990s, he was considered an old master and frequently toured. He recorded with the young conguero Miguel Díaz, his greatest stylistic progeny, on the 1995 record, "Pasaporte", which won the Egrem album of the year award, the equivalent of a Grammy in Cuba. Again in 2004 he played the congas on the Latin Grammy-winning "Lagrimas Negras" ("Black Tears") with pianist Bebo Valdes and Spanish Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala. He worked with other young bands and recorded “Chamalongo,” with the Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett, and played on the title track of Bebo Valdés and Diego el Cigala’s popular 2003 album, "Lágrimas Negras".

Tata Güines was known as the "King of the Congas". [cite web
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title=Cuban king of congas Tata Güines dead | Entertainment | Music | Reuters
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] He had a musical career that lasted six decades that helped popularize Afro-Cuban rhythms.

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* [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/tata-guines-cuban-king-of-the-congas-779765.html The Indepedent: Tata Güines: Cuban 'King of the Congas']


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