Candido Camero was born on April 22nd, 1921 in Barrio Cerro, Havana, Cuba. Candido has become an important star in the jazz world, as well as the Afro Cuban genre, performing and recording with Machito's Afro Cubans, Billie Holiday, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and recently with Tony Bennett. The list goes on and on. He has transformed the conga drum into an international instrument used in all genres of music.
Cándido de Guerra Camero, also known simply as Candido (born April 22, 1921) is a Cuban-born percussionist (mainly conga and bongo) and the most recorded conga drummer in the history of jazz. He also plays the tres (Cuban mandolin), drumset and acoustic bass. He has worked in a all aspects of popular music from pop, rock, R&B and disco to Afro-Cuban dance music and Latin jazz. He is the first player to develop the techniques to play multiple conga drums, coordinated independence and the use of multiple percussion - one player playing a variety of percussion instruments simultaneously.