Cuban Percussion Master Luis Abreu Dies at 73

Los Papines

Luis Abreu, one of the musicians of the legendary Cuban rumba group Los Papines, died Tuesday, April 17th in Havana. He was 73 years old.

Luis was a renowned percussionist. Together with his brothers Alfredo, Jesús and Ricardo, he dedicated most of his life to one of the best known Cuban ensembles throughout the world.

Los Papines was formed in Havana in 1963 and all members were masterful percussionists. The main instruments used by the ensermble include tumbadoras (congas), bongos, claves, maracas, cencerros (cowbells) and güiros (scraper).

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Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced "Musica NA", a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled "Los sueños de Angélica.".