Salsa & Jazz Percussionist Milton Cardona Dies

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Renowned conga player and singer Milton Cardona, a fixture of the latin jazz and salsa scene died on September 19th from heart failure. He was 69 at the time of his passing.

The news of the death of Milton Cardona was confirmed in social media by trombonist Willie Colón: "I caus great sadness to learn of the death of Master Milton Cardona, whom I had the privilege of working many years. "

A native of Mayagüezm, Puerto Rico, Cardona studied violin as a child and played bass professionally in New York before taking up percussion, performing and recording with artists such as Tito Puente, Willie Colón, David Byrne, Celia Cruz and Hector Lavoe.

He released two albums of his own; "Bembe" in 1985 and 1999's "Cambucha" but performed on more than 500 recordings over the course of his career.

Among the other projects in which he participated was the soundtrack of Spike Lee's movie, "Get on the Bus", and the soundtrack from Paul Simon's musical "The Capeman". – Staff Writers

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