Country of origin: Cuba
Israel "Cachao" López (September 14, 1918 – March 22, 2008), often known just as "Cachao" (pronounced /kəˈtʃaʊ/ (kər-CHOW)) was a Cuban mambo musician, bassist and composer, who has helped bring mambo music to popularity in the United States in the early 1950s.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won several Grammy Awards, and has been described as "the inventor of the mambo". He is considered a master of descarga (Latin jam sessions).
To find out more about Cachao López, see his page on Wikipedia.