Felix Contreras Felix Contreras is host of Alt.Latino, NPR's program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture.
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This is it for me at Mixed Signals, at least for the time being. I have to say, it's been a blast. Next week, Ken Rudin, our master of pun and wit, will be at the helm. As a despedida (farewell), please indulge me and let me offer a heartfelt shout-out to two musicians who died this week whose passings you may not have noticed. I am a long-time fan of Afro-Cuban music of all stripes (dance, folkloric, Latin jazz), and this week we lost two very talented drummers: one who was an up-and-comer; the other, a veterano of many sessions and gigs. Miguel "Anga" Diaz died in Barcelona earlier this week. Just 45 years old, he had become known as a talent worthy of the distinction "Master Drummer." Journalist Agustin Gurza wrote a wonderful obit for Anga this week. Percussionist Ray Romero also died. He never led a band or recorded an album under his own name. But Lil' Ray Romero's (as he was known by his peers) influence among drummers that came after him is immeasurable. Musicians from Puerto Rico, Miami, Manhattan and California have mourned his passing. If you get a chance, give these guys a listen -- their music is incredible. Catch you later.