Milton Cardona

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Milton Cardona
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Background information
Born November 21, 1944
Died September 19, 2014(2014-09-19) (aged 69)
Genres Latin Fusion
Afro-Cuban Jazz
Experimental Music
World Music
Dark Salsa
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Percussion, congas, vocals

Milton Cardona (November 21, 1944 – September 19, 2014) was a percussionist, vocalist and conga player from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Cardona made over 500 recordings in his career and was highly influenced by Mongo Santamaria. He studied violin during his childhood in Puerto Rico and played bass professionally in New York City at youth before speeding into full percussion. He has collaborated with Kip Hanrahan, Spike Lee, Paul Simon, Willie Colón, David Byrne, Cachao, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Don Byron, Celia Cruz, Guaco, Hector Lavoe, Ned Rothenberg, Rabih Abou-Khalil and Jack Bruce from the rock band Cream. He died on September 19, 2014, from heart failure.[3]

Selected discography[edit]

With Uri Caine


  1. ^ "American Clave". Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (September 26, 2014). "Milton Cardona, Keeper of New York Salsa’s Beat, Dies at 69". New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Heraldo". Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Willie Colón: Cosa Nuestra". Retrieved September 28, 2014.