Cándido Camero

Cuban percussionist (1921-2020)

Cándido de Guerra Camero (22 April 1921 – 7 November 2020), also known simply as Cándido, was a Cuban conga and bongo player. He also played the tres, drums, and acoustic bass. He was the first player to create techniques to play multiple conga drums.

Candido Camero
At a concert in 2008
At a concert in 2008
Background information
Birth nameCandido de Guerra Camero
Born(1921-04-22)22 April 1921
Havana, Cuba
Died7 November 2020(2020-11-07) (aged 99)
New York City, U.S.
GenresAfro-Cuban jazz, disco
InstrumentsConga, bongo, percussion
LabelsABC-Paramount, Blue Note, Roulette, Polydor, Salsoul, Chesky

Camero died on November 7, 2020, at his home in New York City, aged 99.[1]


  1. Contreras, Felix (November 7, 2020). "Cándido Camero, A Father Of Latin Jazz, Dies At 99". NPR. Retrieved November 7, 2020.