José Luis Quintana Fuentes “Changuito” pioneer in the development of Songo with the Van Van in Cuba

José Luis Quintana Fuentes
José Luis Quintana

“Percussionists Cycle at ISM” José Luis Quintana Fuentes “Changuito” (1948, Cuba)

At the age of five he played bongo and at eight he made his debut in the Cuban Tropicana cabaret with the Havana Jazz orchestra.

As a child, he replaced his father in the congas in a Galician orchestra called Quinteto Tomei.

Later he played in Conjunto Cubamango.

He worked in many places in Havana and was part of a group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sonora Mafei. He recorded with Billy Coban, Giovanni Hidalgo, Flora Purim and Víctor Moreira.

José Luis Quintana Fuentes "Changuito" pioneer in the development of Songo
José Luis Quintana

He was the drummer of the Orquesta Música Moderna de Pinar del Río, he also played in the Orquesta Souvenir in Artemisa and then he started playing with Los Van Van in the 70’s with whom he developed the new rhythm of songo.

He was a teacher and gave classes in several countries. He taught famous percussionists such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Ginaski Wop, Karl Perazzo, Karlos Marrufo and Patricio “el chino” Díaz, among thousands.