Pedrito Martinez: Echoes of Africa
Pedrito Martinez, percussion and voice
Sebastian Natal, bass and voice
Ahmed Alom, keyboards and voice
Manuel Marquez, percussion and voice
Jose “Xito” Lovell, trombone and voice
Barbaro Giraldo Ramos Aldazabal, dance
Esther Yamile Ramos Aldazabal, dance
Lauded by The New York Times as “an incomparable performer…and as close as Afro-Cuban music gets to a superstar” percussionist, singer, and dancer Pedrito Martinez is widely regarded as the world’s first-call rumbero. Martinez has shared the stage with artists such as Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Wynton Marsalis, and Sting; recorded four solo albums; appeared on over 100 others, and earned seven “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” nods from the Jazz Journalists Association. His last appearance at Spoleto concluded with a packed Cistern Yard audience on their feet. Now, the Grammy Award-nominated conguero and batá drum master returns with an expanded band, vocalists, and dancers for a performance featuring a mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms and cutting-edge dance music.
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