Candido, Camero

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Candido, Camero Gender: M
Cándido de Guerra Camero
born on 22 April 1921 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Havana, Cuba, 23n08, 82w22
Timezone LST m82w24 (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 02°18' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 10°37 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 04°37'

Camero Candido


Cuban-born percussionist (mainly conga and bongo) who has backed several jazz acts since the 1950s. He was one of the first people to use the congas in jazz music.

Early in his career, Camero recorded in his native Cuba with fellow jazz musician Machito. He moved to New York in 1952 and started recording with Dizzy Gillespie. During 1953-54, he was in the Billy Taylor Trio and in 1954 he performed and recorded with Stan Kenton.

He also enjoyed success during the disco era of the 1970s, most notably with the Babatunde Olatunji-penned track "Jingo" from his Dancin' and Prancin' album, which he recorded for Salsoul Records in 1979. The album has also been acknowledged as an influence and precursor to house music, predating the emergence of the genre by over 5 years.

Camero was honored with the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2008.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Kenton, Stan (born 15 December 1911)


  • Work : Prize 2008 (National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him in "Candido: The Father Of Modern Conga Drumming," by Bobby Sanabria, Drum magazine (Originally Published in the Autumn 2007 issue of TRAPS) ( “My full name is Candido Camero Guerra,” Candido begins. “Guerra on my mother’s side; Camero on my father’s. I was named after my father. Without my parents, I would be nothing. The name means candid, simple, purity, white, innocence. I was born on April 22, 1921 at 6:30 P.M. on a Friday in the barrio of Havana known as El Cerro on the street known as Churaca 77. It is between Velarde and Washington.”


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (percussionist)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award)