Grammy Nominee Amadito Valdes: "Tito Puente is still the King"

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuban kettledrum player Amadito Valdes, nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for his album Bajando Gervasio, said that the late Puerto Rican percussionist Tito Puente is still the king. In an interview with Prensa Latina at the famous EGREM Studios, in Havana, where the successful Buena Vista Social Club album was recorded, Valdes stated that Puente’s death left an empty space in the percussion world that has not been filled, despite the fact that the kettledrum “was created in Cuba“.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.