Cuba is the country where the Mambo originated. Latin music has long been a part of this culture, but Haitians influenced the music when some settled within the country. Mambo is a Haitian word for a voodoo religious leader. With its closeness to the United States, the original creator of Mambo music was influence by American music as well. American Swing music and Jazz have also been attributed as part of the influences that helped create the Mambo.
Mambo's original appearance was in a Havana nightclub in 1943. The composer and band leader was Perez Prado. His music was popular in Havana at the time, and many other bands were quick to copy his popular style. There have been many versions of Mambo music since its beginnings. Latin bands were the first to pick up on this new dance music and create their own versions. They spread it throughout the world as the music and the dance became popular.