Carlos Vidal Bolado

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Carlos Vidal Bolado (1914–1996) was a Cuban conga drummer and an original member of Machito and his Afro-Cubans. Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_0

Vidal holds the double distinction of being the first to record authentic folkloric Cuban rumba and the first to play congas in Latin jazz (with Machito and his Afro-Cubans). Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_1

Carlos Vidal was one of a handful of Cuban congueros who came to the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_2

Other notable congueros who came to the U.S. during that time include Mongo Santamaria, Armando Peraza, Chano Pozo, Francisco Aguabella, Julito Collazo and Cándido Camero. Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_3

Vidal arrived in the U.S. in 1943, before any of the other previously mentioned musicians. Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_4

In 1948, Vidal led an unsuccessful revolt in Machito's Afro-Cubans. Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_5

However, he failed to convince anyone except Andino to leave the Machito orchestra for better-paying job in Los Angeles. Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_6

Vidal and Andino joined the Miguelito Valdés orchestra and traveled to Los Angeles, where Andino found that jobs were not all that plentiful. Carlos Vidal Bolado_sentence_7


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