The notable Mambo King was born in Matanzas. The creator of the well known rhythm and his most famous songs started his artistic life as pianist of a cabaret, although he also knew how to play other instruments, this fact allowed him to mix rhythms. In Mexico he founded the orchestra which later became a notable group. Records by him were extensively sold. He is creator of another rhythm, el Dengue and composed such evergreens as Suite de las Américas, Mambo qué rico Mambo and Caballo Negro.