Manny Oquendo  

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Manny Oquendo (January 1, 1931 - March 25, 2009) was an American percussionist. His main instrument was the timbales, and was strongly influenced by Cuban drumming. He especially holds interest as the percussionist with own Conjunto Libre and Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino. His work can be classified as latin jazz, but he expanded the limits of his own genre by working with such artists as August Darnell and DJ Spooky. He had a worldwide hit with Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower" in 1983.

Oquendo grew up in New York, and began studying percussion in 1945. He worked in the bands of tropical and Latin music ensembles such as Carlos Valero, Luis del Campo, Juan "El Boy" Torres, Chano Pozo, Jose Budet, Juanito Sanabria, Marcelino Guerra, Jose Curbelo, and Pupi Campo. In 1950, he became the bongo player for Tito Puente. Following this he played with Tito Rodriquez in 1954 and Vincentico Valdes in 1955. He worked freelance in New York before joining Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta orchestra in 1962. He worked with his own group, Conjunto Libre (later simply Libre), from 1974, and had a worldwide hit with "Little Sunflower" in 1983.


  • Con Salsa, Con Ritmo (Salsoul Records, 1976)
  • Con Salsa, Con Ritmo Vol. 2 (Salsoul, 1979)
  • Los Lideres de la Salsa (Salsoul, 1979)
  • Incredible (Salsoul, 1981)
  • Ritmo, Sonido, y Estilo (Montuno Records, 1983)
  • Mejor que Nunca (Milestone Records, 1994)
  • Muevete! (Milestone, 1996)
  • Ahora (Milestone, 1999)
  • Tiene Calidad, Vol. 2 (Salsoul, 1999)
  • Libre (Eden Ways, 1999)
  • Libre Increible (Sony Records, 2000)
  • Los New Yorkinos (Milestone, 2000)
  • Manny Oquendo y su Conjunto Libre (Eden Ways, 2000)

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