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Mambo creator dead, at 89

He died at a Miami-area hospital
March 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Cuban bass player credited with creating the mambo has died at a Miami-area hospital. Family spokesman Nelson Albareda says Israel "Cachao" Lopez died early Saturday at age 89 after falling ill in the past week.

The bassist and composer known simply as Cachao was a Latin Grammy-award winner and is widely considered a pioneer of the mambo.

 

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