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  • closeups September 6, 2016

    A Conversation With Pedrito Martínez: Part One

    Pedrito Martínez, the superstar New York-based percussionist and vocalist, talks with Ned Sublette and drum scholar Kenneth Schweitzer about how he got started in sacred and popular music in Havana, Cuba. Produced and hosted by Ned Sublette [Distributed 9/06/2016] (Photo … Read more »

  • interview September 6, 2016

    A Home Visit with Cuban Music Master Pedrito Martinez

      In 2013, Afropop Worldwide staff writer Morgan Greenstreet visited with Cuban master percussionist/singer Pedrito Martinez in his home in breezy Union City, NJ, just across the Lincoln Tunnel from Manhattan. Pedrito was a welcoming host, introducing our writer to … Read more »

  • interview June 23, 2016

    Abraham Rodriguez Discusses New Group, Okonkolo

    Abraham Rodriguez’s combination of soulful voice and skillful delivery has made him one of the most sought-after musicians in the salsa and folkloric scenes. He has been touring for over 20 years and has worked with renowned artists such as … Read more »

  • review June 20, 2016

    Habana Dreams

    When jazz royalty Wynton Marsalis needed Cuban percussion in 2014, he turned to Pedrito Martinez, and on the Pedrito Martinez Group’s latest album, the favor is returned. Habana Dreams, released June 10 on Motema Music, features stirring guest spots from … Read more »

  • interview March 24, 2016

    Luis Bran Interview

    The interviews, with Sendero/El Almacén co-principals Luis Bran and Liliam Cedeño, were conducted Jan. 15, 2016, at Luis’ home in Matanzas, Cuba. I spent two and a half weeks there studying Matanzas-style batá drumming with Idalberto (Puchito) Pérez, the musical … Read more »

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