Israel "Cachao" López died in 2008. This is a little bit about Cachao:
"Born in Havana in 1918, he came from a family of musicians and studied classical music. He began his public career at 8 years old, playing bongos in a children’s group.
A year later, he had stood on a crate to play bass for the Cuban pianist and singer, Bola de Nieve, accompanying silent films.
At 13, he became the bassist of the Havana Philharmonic, and he performed with the orchestra from 1930 to 1960.
But he also played Havana clubs with his brother Orestes, working with a noted Cuban dance orchestra, Arcaño y Sus Maravillas, and with their own groups."
I posted this when he died in March 2008: Cachao, legendary Cuban musician