Friday, July 20, 2007

"Chachá" Esteban Domingo Vega Bacallao (1925-2007)

Esteban Vega Bacallao, better known as Chachá, passed away on July 18. Born in 1925, Chachá was a giant of Afro-Cuban music, a man without peer in terms of his experience with Afro-Cuban drumming and religion. I saw him last three weeks ago, and he was in bad shape. I had the opportunity to thank him for all he had taught me. I am honored to have known him.

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