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Legendary Afro-Cuban Percussionist Francisco Aguabella Debuts at SOBs September 10 featuring Candido Camero


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“The legendary Cuban-born percussionist Francisco Aguabella certainly doesn't have anything left to prove. After pioneering the mixture of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz with a handful of others from the 1950s on, his legacy would be assured"--MIAMI NEW TIMES

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 9, 2006 -- Legendary Afro-Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella will make his debut at New York's famed SOB's located at 204 Varick Street September 10. This rare event, produced by impresario Charles Carlini, will feature some of New York's leading Latin musicians including Candido Camero, Sonny Bravo, Jimmy Delgado, Ruben Rodriguez and Enrique Fernandez. Sets are at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Tickets purchased in advance are $22 and $25 on day of show. For reservations, visit or call (212) 243-4940.

As a master of the bata (talking drum), Francisco Aguabella immediately impressed many upon his arrival to the U.S. from Cuba in the 1950's. He was hired early on by Dizzy Gillespie and during his career has played and recorded with Peggy Lee, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Malo and Carlos Santana. Following a long line of stellar Cuban drummers, including Chano Pozo, Candido and Mongo Santamaria, who made an indelible mark in America, Aguabella's music fuses traditional African and Latin rhythms with jazz and soul to create an electrifying and unforgettable sound.

The first Aguabella release on Cubop recordings was a re-issue of Hitting Hard - an aptly titled rare groove record from the mid 1970s. “Discovered" by Japanese DJ and Latin jazz afficionado Rapheal Sebbag (from the United Future Organisation), Hitting Hard exchanged hands for major money a few years back. Now, this gem is available again on CD. Other Aguabella recordings now available on CuBop include Agua De Cuba, a new recording featuring some of Aguabella's legendary peers, a re-issue of the heavyweight Latin jazz CD H2O, his 2002 album Cubacan, and 2004's Ochimini, available exclusively through CuBop/Ubiquity Records.

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