The Recording Academy and The Latin Recording Academy Joint Statement Regarding Israel “Cachao” López


March 22, 2008

“Cuban American bassist and composer Israel “Cachao” López was one of the most important figures in Latin music. A GRAMMY® winner and two-time Latin GRAMMY® winner, he is credited with creating mambo music and bringing it to popularity.

His larger-than-life spirit revealed itself every time he performed and his unadulterated love and passion for music was evident as he remained active until very recently. The music industry has lost a true pioneer, but his contributions to Latin music are everlasting.

His sense of humor and beatific smile will be sorely missed, and our deepest sympathies go out to all who knew and loved him and his music.”

Neil Portnow Gabriel Abaroa President/CEO President
The Recording Academy® The Latin Recording Academy®

Suorce: The Recording Academy








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