Antonio Arcaño

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Antonio Arcaño
Birth name Antonio Arcaño Betancourt
Born (1911-12-29)29 December 1911
Havana, Cuba
Died 1994 (aged 82–83)
Genres Danzón
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader
Instruments Flute
Associated acts Armando Valdespí, Orquesta Gris, La Maravilla del Siglo, Arcaño y sus Maravillas

Antonio Arcaño Betancourt (Atarés, Havana 29 December 1911 – 1994) was a Cuban flautist, bandleader and founder of Arcaño y sus Maravillas, one of Cuba's most successful charangas.

After leaving La Maravilla del Siglo, a very popular charanga, Arcaño founded La Maravilla de Arcaño, later known as Arcaño y sus Maravillas. The band featured the López brothers, Israel López "Cachao" and Orestes López, composers and multi-instrumentalists that originated the danzón-mambo, the direct precursor of the mambo, through compositions such as "Rareza de Melitón", "Se va el matancero" and, above all, "Mambo", the piece that lent its name to the genre.[1][2] Arcaño was posthumously inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2000.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conzo, Joe; Pérez, David A. (2010). Mambo Diablo: My Journey With Tito Puente. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse. p. 81. 
  2. ^ Acosta, Leonardo (2006). "La realidad sobre la descarga". Otra visión de la música popular cubana (in Spanish). Barranquilla, Colombia: La Iguana Ciega. 
  3. ^ "International Latin Music Hall of Fame Announces Year 2000 Inductees". 1 March 2000. Retrieved 31 October 2015.