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Ray Mantilla was born in 1934 in the rhythm rich, dance-crazed atmosphere of the South Bronx where Afro-Cuban rhythmic forms transmogrified with jazz harmonies and sensibilities in the streets, the homes and dance halls. By 21, Mantilla was on the bandstand playing conga drums along with contemporaries Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barretto, playing that unique Neo-Nuyorican synthesis known as ‘salsa’. Ray Mantilla describes his music as “Latin Jazz with authentic Latino rhythms.” His goal, he says “is to keep playing good music, have people come to see us, and to preserve the tradition.”
Join WBGO to enjoy the tradition of good music provided at no cost the first Wednesday of every month at Gateway 2 in Newark.
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