Legendary band leader and producer
Twenty years is a lifetime in popular music. Yet the impact of Buena Vista Social Club, The Afro-Cuban All Stars´ A Toda Cuba Le Gusta and Introducing Ruben González, three albums recorded by a small independent label with a modest budget in Havana in two weeks in March and April of 1996, can still be felt.
Juan de Marcos Gonzalez led Afro-Cuban All Stars from the beginning and directed the Buena Vista Social Club in the only concerts of the original line up at the top theatres ‘Le Carre’ in Amsterdam, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional.
Considered by many specialists as the head of the Cuban musical revival , Juan de Marcos has been using Moperc congas, bongos and timbales in many tours in the last 15 years and continues to use them in his current productions under his label ‘’DM AHORA ! RECORDS’’
LEGENDARY GRAMMY-WINNING CONGUERO
Throughout his career Sanchez has held aloft the torch lit by such Latin Jazz innovators as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, embraced by each of those icons and entrusted to carry forward the traditions of Latin Jazz. He recorded almost 30 Albums under as a band leader.
Apples don’t drop far from their trees and neither do the children of great musicians. By the time he was just three years old, Adrian Areas had already played on stage with Santana and was a regular drummer for a regional children’s TV show. Three years old. And why not? His dad, Jose Chepito Areas, a founding member and composer for the Santana Band, had already been teaching Adrian for two years!
To hear Adrian play now is pure joy. His unique style on conga, timbale and bongo seems to fit well in a wide variety of music, giving it that special sauce that makes listeners stop and take notice. The list of top musicians he’s played or recorded with is long, so here’s just a few: Tito Puente,Carlos Patato Valdes, Santana, Journey, Doobie Bros., Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Franti, and the list goes on, and on.
We’re proud to have Adrian as an endorsed artist, and we’d like to think that MOPERC drums add just a little bit of spice to Adrian’s special sauce. Catch Adrian live with his Adrian Areas Latin Jazz Ensemble when they perform in the San Francisco Bay area.
Mélissa Lavergne has performed in several shows and events in addition to accompanying many artists for the last 15 years (Sur invitation seulement, Lara Fabian, Ariane Moffatt, Les Trois Accords, Kevin Parent, Papagroove, Angélique Kidjo, etc…) One can see her perform every week on the the TV show Belle & Bum as she is the percussionist and co-host of the show.
Currently based in Toronto,Canada, Amadito is a rumbero from Habana, Cuba. He was a member of the famous grupo Clave y Guaguanco.