[JPL] ex Irakere-ite, percussionist Angá Díaz RIP

Arturo arturo893 at qwest.net
Thu Aug 10 12:22:21 EDT 2006

It is my very sad duty to inform you all that the gifted Cuban percussionist
Miguel Díaz-"Angá" of Irakere fame passed away suddenly in Barcelona, Spain
on Wednesday night August 9th, he was only 45 years of age. Angá had been
living in Barcelona since 2003. His latest group was a multi-nationality
group playing a blend of Cuban, Brazilian, jazz and hip hop music. They last
performed on the 3rd and 4th of August in Barcelona in the Catalán province
of Spain. No details of of his passing have been made public yet.

Miguel Díaz was part of the late 1980s and '90s edition of Irakere, check
out his performance on Live At Ronnie Scott's for the Pacific Jazz/Blue Note
label on the track Flute Notes where he and flutist "Maraca"-Orlando Valle
trade fours repeating each others solos on congas and flute respectiviely.
Angá is considered along with Puerto Rican Giovanni Hidalgo-"Mañenguito" as
the 2 best congueros of the last 20 years. Díaz's latest album was for the
Wrold Circuit label, Echu Mingua is the title, check out his modernistic
renditions of A Love Supreme and Round Midnight. Miguel is featured
prominently on the Grammy winning Roy Hargrove disc, "Crisol". Another
fabulous album by Angá is Passport for Enja with his heroe, the veteran Tata
Güines. Daz also appears with Steve Coleman and the Afro Cubans recorded in
Cuba, the late Ibrahim Ferrer's Buenos Hermanos, Ry Cooder's Mambo Sinuendo
and other solo recordings from the family of Buena Vista Social Club as well
as many Irakere recordings and numerous guest appearances.

One of my favorite aspects of Angá is that he had all of the traditional and
fundamental tools at his disposal, an outstanding practioner of Afro-Cuban
roots music, yet he had jazz chops and an open mind to incorporate world
rhythms in a delightful fusion. His passing at 45 years of age is difficult
to accept, we will have to wait and see as Ricky Ricardo would've said, "wha
appaned" that Miguel Aurelio Díaz-Angá has died so young.

Arturo Gómez
Music Director, jazz89KUVO
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