#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.
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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.
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.