CARLOS "PATATO" VALDES

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Carlos "Patato" Valdes was the most influential conguero of his generation. In addition to his unrivaled rhythmic and melodic sensibilities, he also created the tunable conga, virtually reinventing the instrument in the process. Valdes was born November 4, 1926 in Havana, where his father played guitar with local group Los Apaches. A child prodigy, he mastered a series of instruments and began playing professionally as a teen, earning the lifelong nickname "Patato" for his diminutive stature. At 12, Valdes began studying congas under local legend La Sultana, honing a melodic flair that quickly set him apart from his peers. In 1946, he replaced the ailing Valentin Cane in the group La Sonora Matancera, and a year later signed on with Alberto Ruíz. In 1952 Valdes first visited New York City on tour with Conjunto Casino, and returned for good two years later -- another soon-to-be legendary conguero, Mongo Santamaria, recommended read more...
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Patato & Totico
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1967
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Patato Y Totico
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1975
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Ready for Freddy
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1976
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Authority: Patato & His Latin Percussion Friends
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1976
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Bata Y Rumba
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1980
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Masterpiece
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1993
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Carlos "Patato" Valdes And Changuito And Orestes Vilato ‎: Ritmo Y Candela
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1995
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Ritmo y Candela II african crossroads
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1996
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The Legend Of Cuban Percussion
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2000
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Unico Y Diferente
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2000
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El Hombre
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2004

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