Tito Puente Latin Music SeriesThe Pedrito Martinez Group
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The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for the New York Times in 2010, calling it “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, where he began his musical career at the age of 11 as a vocalist and percussionist. The Pedrito Martinez Group also includes percussionist Jhair Sala from Peru; electric bassist and Berklee alumnus Alvaro Benavides from Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist Araicne Trujillo from Cuba.
This concert is part of the annual Tito Puente Latin Music Series, presented by Berklee College of Music, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. This six-concert series takes place in July and August and is an infectious soundscape of live Latin music and dance, with a strong salsa influence, in parks around the city. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.