Omar Sosa

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

10 April 1965, Camagüey, Cuba. As a child Sosa studied extensively, including attending Havana’s Escuela Nacional de Música and Instituto Superior de Arte. The marimba was his first choice instrument, but its commercial limitations later prompted a switch to piano. From 1986, he performed in Cuba, Africa and Central America with his band Tributo. Another early professional engagement was as musical director for Cuban pop singers Vicente Feliu and Xiomara Laugart. From 1993 he resided in Ecuador, then San Francisco, USA (where he recorded with percussionist John Santos), and then Spain. During his sojourns, Sosa draws upon local music for inspiration in his composing. Among many musical collaborators are singers Martha Galarraga and María Márquez, clarinettist Paquito D’Rivera, saxophonists Eric Crystal and Sheldon Brown, bass player Childo Tomas and numerous percussionists including Steve Argüelles, Javier Campos, Philippe...

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