Brazilian singer Mart'nália is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Actor Marlon Brando was an Afro-Cuban drumming enthusiast, as well as an inventor whose lost prototypes became the stuff of urban legend. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Danilo Perez. Bill Bytsura/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Conguero Poncho Sanchez gave Frank Foster's swing classic, "Shiny Stockings," a new identity as a mambo. Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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Tito Puente, above playing in London, was one of the best percussionists of any era. Simon Ritter/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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