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#70 Papo Pepin- Percussionist for Roberto Roena, Willie Rosario and Countless Others!

#70 Papo Pepin- Percussionist for Roberto Roena, Willie Rosario and Countless Others!

This episode was recorded before the passing of John "Jabo" Starks. There will be a tribute to him next week. 

Today's guest is the great Papo Pepin. You can see a list of albums he's played on by clicking HERE.

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Papo talks about his father Tono and brother Tito inspiring him at a young age. He also mentions the influence of Art Blakey and the Jazz messengers. His grandson is Percussionist Christian Pepin. 

 This is the album cover where Papo described Willie looking like a cowboy. 

This is the album cover where Papo described Willie looking like a cowboy. 

Papo went to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for his schooling. There he learned and honed his skills on piano, conga, drums, & bass. He later learned to sing and one of the songs he learned was Granada

After moving to Puerto Rico after Brooklyn, Papo started off by playing in commercial jingles. He created a group that featured the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo at a young age, before the group Batacumbele started. 

Here's a link just in case you forgot the tune "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby and the Romantics. After Papo graduated he added trumpet to the list of instruments he could play. 

One of the instruments Papo refers to aside from the old bass made from the barrel as well as the Quijada de Burro (Donkey's Jawbone), which is the predecessor for the Vibraslap

Special shoutout to Marc Quiñones. Great player and even better human being. 

Cheo Feliciano was Papo's favorite singer to work with. 

Apparently hand drummers aren't the only ones that have succumbed to the superstition of peeing on their hands (baseball players do it too) to make them tough. It is said to be an old African tradition passed down through the music of the African-Latin diaspora. While there is no scientific evidence on proving that this works, we will let that decision be made by you if you choose to do it or not.

Once Papo came back from Puerto Rico he continued his illustrious career with Mario Bauza, and Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, La India, Issac Delgado and so many more. The two albums by Tito Puente that Papo mentions are "Pachanga in New York" and "El Rey Bravo"

Papo plays Pearl Percussion instruments. 

#71 DNP Round Table- Feat. Camilo Molina, Marcos Lopez, Gabo Lugo & Javier Raez

#71 DNP Round Table- Feat. Camilo Molina, Marcos Lopez, Gabo Lugo & Javier Raez

#69 "Gabo" Lugo- Percussionist, Producer & Audio Engineer!

#69 "Gabo" Lugo- Percussionist, Producer & Audio Engineer!