Grammy Award champion who was simply a virtuoso from the descarga and who was simply referred to as the inventor from the mambo. He performed music for silent movies on his dual bass at age nine and was playing contrabass in his teenage years using the Orquesta Filarmónica de La Habana. In 1957 he collected what will be referred to as the 1st descarga, a Cuban jam program, which reinvented well-known Afro-Cuban music. He was wedded to Ester Buenaventura López. Lopez performed music around the soundtrack for The Birdcage, which starred Dan Futterman.