Mingo Lewis

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James Mingo Lewis
Birth nameJames Mingo Lewis
Born (1953-12-08) December 8, 1953 (age 68)
New York City, U.S.
GenresJazz, Rock, Fusion, Electronic, Salsa
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Drums, Congas, percussion, keyboards Synthesizer

James "Mingo" Lewis (born 8 December 1953) is an American percussionist and drummer who played with Santana, Al Di Meola, Return to Forever (he was a band member for Di Meola's first five albums), and The Tubes.


Lewis plays congas, bongos, timbales, vibraslap, drums, bells, güiro, gong, Syndrum, bata, tambourine, cowbell and assorted percussion.[1]


Lewis is credited with composition of one song on each of the first five Di Meola albums: "The Wizard" on Land of the Midnight Sun, "Flight Over Rio" on Elegant Gypsy, and "Chasin' The Voodoo" on Casino (retitled from his composition Frankinsence on his 1976 album Flight Never Ending). For The Tubes album Now Lewis wrote "God-Bird-Change", which he reprised on Di Meola's Electric Rendezvous

Selected discography[edit]

As Band Leader[edit]

  • Flight Never Ending (1976)

As session player[edit]

With Al Di Meola[edit]

With The Tubes[edit]

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  1. ^ "Mingo Lewis". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2018.