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Dave Lombardo Goes Back to His Cuban Roots

The legendary drummer discusses how Latin music has influenced his sound over the years

One of the most influential drummers in the history of heavy metal, Dave Lombardo and his Latino roots are often overlooked. In this Riffs episode, the former Slayer drummer reflects on his earliest days when he and his family emigrated to America from Cuba in the 60s. Hanging at Mambo’s Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles, Lombardo explains how salsa music informed his often imitated frenetic drum style.


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