El Congo began studying the trumpet when he was 9years old in Eva Music School in Holguin/Cuba.

He attended 4 years the Music Conservatory in Holguin and then 6years in the Music

University (ISA) in Havana and there he got the chance to meet Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Payton, Danilo Perez, and Kenny Baron at the international Jazz Festival.

Donald Harrison invited him to study in the school where he was teaching in New Orleans but because Visa complications he decided to go to Europe.

He has worked on CD Productions and worked on stage with many artists such as:

Patrice, Brothers Keepers, Ono, Laura Lopez,

Jimi Tenor, Tony Allen, Afrikun, Fetsum, 1884 Project, Sublevao Beat, Aloe Blacc, Los Negros Soundsystem, Caligola (Manu Diao)-only to mention some-

Beside that he formed the Horn Section called Machete Horns which has successfully proved that they rock!

El Congo´s projects are:

Los Negros Soundsystem (los-negros.com), Afrikun (facebook.com/sublevao), Kabu Kabu Band with Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen and Machete Horns






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