Candido Camero

  • Born: April 22, 1921
  • Died: November 7, 2020
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Candido Camero

Pioneering Latin jazz percussionist

Cándido Camero was a percussionist who is considered one of the fathers of Latin jazz, best known for his conga and bongo drumming. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

What a great unique artist in his craft Mr Camero was. So thankful to have had him in our lives for such a long time. I’m so sorry to the family and offer you my sincere sympathy. God be with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Steele    December 05, 2020

I have been in love with Afo-Cuban music since I first heard it as a small child. I first saw Candido on TV playing six conga as I recall. Then I heard him play on a Tony Bennet album Live at Carnegie Hall. I was hooked and Candido became one of my percussion role models. I send condolences to the family. He had a rich full life and at 77 I hope to continue playing for as long as I am able. I pray for comfort for his family.

Posted by Lee Highsmith - Tucson, Az. - friend   November 26, 2020

Deepest condolences to the Camero family, many, many friends, and fans. Mr. Candido Camero was a percussionist who's considered to be the father of Latin jazz, best known for his conga and bongo drumming. His songs will NEVER be forgotten. May the God of comfort bless your grieving hearts with strength, loving kindness and peace as the world copes with the loss of Mr. Candido Camero. May his music keep his memory alive forever.

Posted by Tony - DC   November 20, 2020

My condolences go out to the Camero family. So sorry for your loss. Candid will be missed by the music world.

Posted by LeeRoy    November 18, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences for Candido - A Great Human Being of Spiritual Depth, who paved the way for all of us to keep this tradition of religion, music, drumming and spiritually that dissented from a Continent we currently know as Africa! Until we meet again.

Posted by Ricky Gordon - Brooklyn, NY - friend   November 17, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Camero family, so very sorry for your loss. The music will live on

Posted by A friend   November 15, 2020

Mark Whitsett Percussionist Extraordinare.
My dad was a Congo player who taught me how to play. He had a full Jazz Collection of great congo players.
My dad had Candido every album ever made. I would listen to my dad practice playing Candido the Latin fire and when my dad would goto work. I would sneak in his albums and take Candido music and play it on my record player and beat on the thick old Websters dictionaries, because I did not have any congos nor bongos.
One day my dad heard me and caught me playing beat for beat, lick and style of Candido Camero and was so blown away he brought me my first pair of Congo's.
Gon-Bops. The rest is history.
I've played for Tina Marie, Winans, Commissioned, Yolanda Adams, Randy Scott, Tim Bowman, Althea Rene, Lin Rountree, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, and the list goes on. Thank you Candido Camero for being such an inspiration to me rest well

Posted by Mark Whitsett - Student   November 14, 2020

Loved him, one of the best drummers ever May he rest in peace

Posted by Mildred Hodgson - amityville, NY   November 13, 2020

Another music giant has passed away. May God comfort the family at this of sadness. Very sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   November 13, 2020

God bless you sir may you rest in peace. I always enjoyed watching you perform. You are so inspirational. My condolences to your family.

Posted by Elvis Townsend - Walstonburg, NC   November 12, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Camero family, so many will miss the wonderful music. May God comfort and strengthen you at such a difficult time, truly sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2020

The Camero family has my deepest condolences. Candido was so phenomenal the way he moved his hands across those drums. A legend indeed! As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to receive the love and support that you need during this difficult time and always. Candido is in God's memory.

Posted by Jenee    November 11, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Camero Family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by TD    November 11, 2020

May the God of all comfort be with your family during this time of great sorrow.

Posted by - Neighbor   November 10, 2020

Candle

Dear Camero Family Rory and I would luv to express our condoelnces's on the loss of Candido camero.he'll surely be missed and just heard.best faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA - acquaintance   November 10, 2020

My hearfelt sympathy to the passing of Maestro Cándido de Guerra Camero,
not only one of the World’s greatest percussionist but a wonderful long time friend and gentleman. My husband, Joseph Livramento who played with CANDIDO & HIS COMPARSA at Trude Heller’s in Greenwich Village for 1 years with Candido.The group played at various Jazz Clubs in Brooklyn, and in York, PA. They played the jazz circuit in the Philadelphia area. Also Joe traveled with Candido for a 6 week engagement at the La Salle Hotel in Montreal, Canada . They continued on their tour and played in Buffalo, NY for 6 weeks. They continued the Jazz Circuit in the Philadelphia Area.CANDIDO & CORDELLO FOUR QUARTER was featured at Conner’s in Boston, MA and the Picadilly Lounge in New Bedford, MA. They traveled coast to coast playing major night clubs. Joe did a recording album with Candido called “Candido’s Comparsa”. Descanse en paz. May he be granted eternal peace. Isabelle Livramento He is never to be forgotten.

Posted by Isabelle M Livramento - Friend   November 10, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Camero Family, May you be taken care of by the God of Tender Mercies who comforts like no other. May your hearts be massaged with His peace and loving care. May His arm of strength support you during time of sorrow. Thank you for Candido’s contribution to the Jazz industry. He will be missed.

Posted by BRY    November 10, 2020

I remember the day I met you. You treated me so kind and allowed me to photograph over the years. When i came over you home, that was an unforgettable experience. RIP my friend.

Posted by Jerry Lacay - Glendale, NY - friend   November 10, 2020

My condolences to the family.

Posted by A friend   November 10, 2020

My condolences .

Posted by A friend   November 10, 2020

Posted by Carol Sivadge    November 10, 2020

rest in peace maestro

Posted by Tito Puente - miramar, FL - friend   November 10, 2020

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. May God comfort the family and friends of Cándido during this period.

Posted by Marie D    November 09, 2020

My condolences to the family. He lived a good life. Ecclesiastes 7:1

Posted by A friend   November 09, 2020

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Sending prayers and words of comfort to the family of Candido Camero. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   November 09, 2020


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Candido Camero