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).

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.


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