Born on April 17th, 1932 in “El Barrio,” New York, of Puerto Rican ancestry, Max Salazar was a well known journalist, who wrote exclusive articles and interviewed the legendary musicians in Latin music scene, specially mambo and salsa. He wrote articles for the top music magazines in the United States of America, including Latin Beat Magazine and Billboard.
Max Salazar was also a radio commentator on WBAI and an author. He wrote the 2002 book “Mambo Kingdom: Latin Music In New York” (Omnibus Press).
He was known for his documentation and historical knowledge of Latin and Caribbean music history.
Author: Les Moncada
Les Moncada is a Latin Jazz orchestra leader and conguero for over 40 years. He was born in Oakland, California and currently resides in Sacramento, California.
Les Moncada is a student of conga and batá master Francisco Aguabella, a friend of the late promoter Bill Graham, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, Latin Jazz band leader Pete Escovedo, conguero Mongo Santamaria and many, many more.
He has been writing for many years for World Music Central.
Les has several Facebook sites: Timbales and Congas Bongo Bata & bells; Conguero, Professional Conguero & their Instrument; Bongocero, Professional Bongocero their Instrument; Alambres Dulces, Tres, Cuatro & Laud