Cachao Lopez Bassist

Birthday September 14, 1918
Birthplace Havana, Cuba
Death Date Mar 22, 2008 (age 89)
Birth Sign Virgo


Grammy Award winner who was a virtuoso of the descarga and who was known as the inventor of the mambo.

Before Fame

He played music for silent films on his double bass at the age of nine and was playing contrabass in his teenage years with the Orquesta Filarmónica de La Habana.


In 1957 he gathered what would be known as the first descarga, a Cuban jam session, which reinvented popular Afro-Cuban music.

Family Life

He was married to Ester Buenaventura López.

Associated With

Lopez played music on the soundtrack for The Birdcage, which starred Dan Futterman.


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