Sad News From The Latin Music World

Sad News from the Latin Music World:

Emilio Navaira

The Tejano music world is reeling from news that Emilio Navaira or simply "Emilio" as he was known to his fans, was involved in a serious bus accident and may not survive. For those of you who are not into this genre of music, Emilio was considered the King of Tejano during the time period that Selena was considered the Queen of Tejano. The Aging Disco Diva did not grow up listening to this type of music, but Mr. A.D.D. is a fan of Tejano, norteño and ranchera music.

Doctors say Grammy-winning Tejano singer-songwriter Emilio Navaira may not survive a severe brain injury he suffered when his tour bus crashed Sunday on a Houston freeway.

Navaira underwent two hours of surgery and is in a medically induced coma as physicians at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center try to control swelling of his brain.

The San Antonio native was driving the bus following a performance in the Houston area when it slammed into traffic barrels where two freeways interchange before dawn Sunday.

He was the most seriously hurt of seven people aboard the bus. One of those is still hospitalized.

Israel Cachao Lopez

More sad news for the Hispanic music community: Cachao has passed away at age 89. The Aging Disco Diva DID grow up listening to mambos, pachanga and chachacha.

Here he is at age 88 performing in the U.K.:

Israel Cachao López, the Cuban bassist and composer who was a pioneer of the mambo, died on Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 89 and lived in Coral Gables.The cause was complications resulting from kidney failure, said Nelson Albareda, whose company, Eventus, was his manager.

Cachao, as he was universally known, transformed the rhythm of Cuban music when he and his brother, the pianist and cellist Orestes López, extended and accelerated the final section of the stately Cuban danzón into the mambo. “My brother and I would say to each other, ‘Mambea, mambea ahí,’ which meant to add swing to that part,” he said in a 2006 interview with The Miami Herald. The springy mambo bass lines Cachao created in the late 1930’s — simultaneously driving and playful — became a foundation of modern Cuban music, of the salsa that grew out of it, and also of Latin-influenced rock ’n’ roll and rhythm-and-blues. For much of the 20th century, Cachao’s innovations set the world dancing.

In the late 1950’s, he brought another breakthrough to Latin music with descargas: late-night Havana jam sessions that merged Afro-Cuban rhythms, Cuban songs and the convolutions of jazz. The mixture of propulsion and exploration in those recordings has influenced salsa and jazz musicians ever since.

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