Born in Guantanamo , Cuba in 1968, Jose began his study of Afro-Cuban folkloric percussion in 1978, and joined ‘Danza Libre’ – an internationally acclaimed dance and percussion company in 1993. His daily work with Danza Libre gave him valuable experience in both performance and teaching, and led to his recognition as a master percussionist. He continued this work until he came to live permanently in England in 2005. Danza Libre have performed and taught all over Cuba as well as internationally.
In 1998 he formed ‘Ara y Rawo’ - a ‘rhumba’ group of 10 performers which he managed until 2005. ‘Ara y Rawo’ is Yoruba for ‘ Land of Stars ’. The group performed regularly in cabaret and ran a weekly programme to promote rhumba to the young people of Cuba . Jose first came with Danza Libre came to England in 2001 and toured all over the country, including the Womad Festival (main stage), Glastonbury Festival BBC TV – The Generation Game, Leeds Festival and many more
Jose Ferrera makes a welcome return to Drum Camp this year, teaching the Afro Cuban and Cuban popular dance.
If you want to focus on the rhythms of Cuba, there will be bags of material to absorb with Emeris Solis from Colombia, an expert on all rhythms from Cuba and Latin America.
Afro-Cuban and Bata Drumming Workshops