Traveling Bag, used by Mongo Santamaría


This bag was made by Andantini in Italy, undetermined date. It is made of brown stained leather, with a metal zipper, and fittings. It was previously used by Mongo Santamaría as his “traveling” bag.

Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez (1917–2003) was a Cuban percussionist and bandleader who spent most of his career in the United States. Primarily a conga drummer, Santamaría was a leading figure in the pachanga and boogaloo dance crazes of the 1960s. From the 1970s, he recorded mainly salsa and Latin jazz, before retiring in the late 1990s. Santamaria made several recordings as a leader of his own group, as well as a sideman with Fania All-Stars, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ray Charles.

User: Santamaria, Ramon "Mongo"Maker: Andantini

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Italy

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Credit Line: Gift of Nancy Santamaria

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0030.19Accession Number: 2005.0030Catalog Number: 2005.0030.19

Object Name: bag

Physical Description: leather (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 1/4 in x 18 1/2 in x 5 in; 31.115 cm x 46.99 cm x 12.7 cm


Record Id: nmah_1290081

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