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Among the many dance forms that became popular among Cubans and their tourist visitors between World War II and the Cuban Revolution, the Mambo was arguably the peppiest. During the era of Latin big bands in the 1940s and 50s, Mambo artists such as Perez Prado and Machito and his Afro-Cubans were similar to and influenced by American Swing orchestras with their swollen brass sections. In fact, Mambo is named after the instrumental break when horn players would trade licks and push the dancers into a frenzy. Like the Cuban cha-cha-cha, it became popular in New York City with non-Cubans and was quickly adopted into the repertoire of the popular big bands.
Mambo: Xavier Cugat, Perez Prado, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr., Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Orlando Marin, Benny Moré
by ♫ Highway to Hell ♫ September 15, 2010
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1. The swahili word for "How are things?"
2. A popular Latin dance.
1. Tanzanian #1: Mambo?
Tanzanian #2: Poa Kchizi.

2. Jets: Mambo!
Sharks: Mambo!
(Warning: This example containsa a reference to a musical. Readers are NOT advised to see West Side Story, although it would provide insight as to the root of example #2. Thank you.)
by Ronnie February 22, 2004
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Any kind of energy drink, but specifically 32oz. cans of Monster. Generally used by those who consumer mass quantities of energy drinks.
"Don't bother me when I'm off mambo."
by Cash-Money Simpson April 15, 2008
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the fucking greatest cologne in the world
it is not gay
you get mad bitches with it!
"We got some pussy wering that mambo last night"
by mambo brothers July 07, 2009
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a scruffy long haired skater boy. useully wearing cords. pretty cool dude.
lets go to aaron's, mambo might be there yay!
by nicolecarly January 25, 2004
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Something extremely gay.
Wow, that shit is fucking mambo.
by Jim March 01, 2005
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Someone who talks to much (pronounced "Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambo")
Shes a right Mambo
by Justin August 09, 2003
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