Coati Mundi is the stage name of Andy Hernandez, vibraphone player and member of Kid Creole and the Coconuts as well as Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, with longtime collaborator August Darnell (aka Kid Creole). Kid Creole and the Coconuts is an American musical group created and led by August Darnell Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band was a Big band / swing / Disco band, formed in The Bronx New York. He scored the Top 40 UK hit "Me No Pop I" in 1981, just before the release of Tropical Gangsters. Tropical Gangsters (released in the US as Wise Guy) is the 1982 album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
Hernandez grew up in Spanish Harlem , NYC and played with assorted musical groups including Ralfi Pagan , Joe Bataan and Machito. Ralfi Pagan (1947 - 1978 was a Bronx New York based ' Latin soul ' and salsa singer of Puerto Rican parentage who was active from the late 1960s to the mid 70s Joe Bataan (also spelled Bataán) (born 1942 in Spanish Harlem, New York City) is an Afro-Filipino American Latin R&B musician Machito ( December 3, 1909 – April 15, 1984) born Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo in Havana, Cuba, was an influential In addition to vibraphones he plays piano , percussion , flute and is a music arranger.
In 1983 he released a solo album titled "Little Coati Mundi The Former 12 Year Old Genuis". It contained a version of Captain Beefheart's "Tropical Hot Dog Night" featuring salsa singer Rubén Blades. Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna (born July 16, 1948) is a Panamanian salsa Singer, Songwriter, Lawyer,
He appeared as an actor in the film "Who's That Girl" starring Madonna and Griffin Dunne. He wrote and performed a song for the soundtrack album called: "El Coco Loco". Coati has acted in several Spike Lee films including "Mo Better Blues". He can also be seen in the film "We Own the Night". We Own the Night is a 2007 American crime Drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix
He is credited as one of the music supervisors for the film "Studio 54" and as producer of several of the film's songs. He is also composer and sound designer for a series of educational DVD's for children produced by Karyn Parsons ( "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" ) . Karyn Parsons (born October 8 1966 in Hollywood California) is an American Television and Film Actress and Model