Latin music legends Candido Camero and Graciela are two of the last survivors of the Cubop movement of the late 1940s, which fused Cuban rhythms with big band jazz.
Long before Celia Cruz was anointed the Queen of Salsa, Graciela was the First Lady of Latin Jazz. She is best known as the lead vocalist for Machito and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra from 1943 through the '70s. Candido Camero is a product of Havana's El Cerro neighborhood. While still only a teenager, Candido played professionally with Conjunto Azul, a group led by renowned percussionist Chano Pozo. But it was on bongos, and later on conga, that young Candido would forge his legacy.
It was while making his first Latin recording as a featured player in Frank “Machito” Grillo's orchestra that Candido would meet fellow Havana native Graciela - the band's lead singer and Grillo’s younger sister.
With Inolvidable, a beautiful new collection of old time Cuban music that reteams Candido with old friend Graciela, the elder statesman of conga adds another brilliant chapter to his legend.
For the past decade, Graciela has taken the stage or entered a recording studio on only rare occasions. But Inolvidable was too good an opportunity to pass up. Despite so much time having passed since their initial collaboration, Inolvidable shows just how much Graciela's deep, powerful voice remains truly unforgettable.