Alberto Limonta Pérez - Lucero Mundo

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Alberto Limonta Pérez was born September 21st, 1966 in Havana, Cuba. He is trained in: Percussion Popular: salsa, son, mozambique, timba, pilon, cha cha cha, merengue etc.; Dance: salsa, rueda de casino, son, danzon, cha cha cha; Afro Cuban Folklorica: Yoruba, Arara, bata drums percussion, dance and chants; Congo, Yuka, Makuta, conga percussion, dance and chants; Afro Cuban Rumba: Guaguanco, Yambu, Columbia, conga and cahon percussion, dance and vocals. Limon, as he is called amongst other professionals, has spent his musical career of over 20 years performing as a folkloric and popular dancer as well as establishing himself as a percussionist & vocalist. His areas of expertise are the percussion and dance styles of rumba, afro-Cuban folkloric tradition and the popular styles of salsa. Highly regarded in Cuba, he was a percussionist, chorus and solo vocalist with the legendary Havana rumba group Clave y Guaguanco". He is an experienced music director, composer and choreographer.


Limon began is music career in 1981 as a folkloric and popular dancer in the Folkloric group Ikiri Abda, directed by Alejandro Vasallo, where after a year he began to play percussion with the folkloric bata drums and congas, shekere and guiro.


From 1984 he worked as a vocalist and conga percussionist with Steel Band Taino, directed by Orlando Tamoyo. This steel band featured the rhythms of reggae, calypso, son, salsa and soka and was a unique group of it's kind in Cuba.

In 1987-88 he worked as a percussionist, singer and dancer in the Folkloric group Alafia Ire directed by Luis Chacon (Aspirina"). Also in 1987 he again worked with the folkloric group Ikiri Abda (directed by Alejandro Vasallo ) as a percussionist and vocalist.Alberto Limonta Pérez

In 1993 Limon, as a professional percussionist and vocalist, joined the Orquesta Afro Experimental (directed by Roberto Zesma) and in 1995 - La Comparza de la F.E.U. (Federacion Estudiantil Universitaria, directed by Oreste Vasallo, which won the first place for choreography and music and went to San Sebastian in Spain for the Carnaval de Invierno.

From 2000 Limon worked as a musical director with the folkloric group Otannibu. This was an important musical direction for him as he used his own musical creations for the shows with the general director Mayle Sanchez.

In 2000 and 2001 he visited Switzerland and Germany, where he worked as a percussionist and vocalist and taught Cuban percussion, casino salsa and rumba dance classes.

Limon at Pontins UK, November 2004

At the end of 2002 and beginning of 2003 he co-created the rumba group Tuku Mambila. Limon at Pontins UK, November 2004 He worked as the musical director, percussionist, vocalist, dancer and choreographer, with the general director Inez M. Regi. In this group he also created and directed his own compositions of music and songs of traditional folklorica and rumbas with fusion and popular music.

In 2003 he joined the Conjunto Clave y Guanguanco (directed by Amado Dedeux), one of the leading rumba groups in Havana and unique in it's style of contemporary rumba in the whole of Cuba. With Clave he toured Europe and played at the UK Womad Festival 2003 as a percussionist, singer and dancer.

In September 2004 Limon came to the UK. He lives in Brighton and performs and teaches around the country.

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Alberto Limonta Pérez performed:

- in 1982 with Ikiri Abda he began to play percussion also with the folkloric bata drums and congas, shekere and guiro;
- from 1984 with the group Steel Band Taino at Carnaval Habanero; Recordings on the national radio and television in Havana; special concerts for young and old people, Carnaval in Vera Cruz, Mexico (1986); Festival International Gullana (1987);
- in 1987-88 with Alafia Ire in the show called El Flamenco al Sol, which included many excellent dancers and musicians of Cuban folklorica and popular music;
- from 1987 with Ikiri Abda in Varadero;
- from 1993 with Orquesta Afro Experimental various shows of popular music, Alberto Limonta Pérezfloklorica and rumbas of Yoruba, Abakua, salsa, son, merengues, boleros and ballads;
- in 1999 with La Comparza de la F.E.U. (Federacion Estudiantil Universitaria) at the Carnaval de Invierno, San Sebastian in Spain;
- from 2000, as a musical director of the group Otannibu in the Havana beach areas of Playas del Este; Brisas del Mar, Hotel la Terrazas, Villa Megano, Hotel Mar Azul; - in 2000 with the Omar Chocolate y Su Salsa Loca in Zurich; in July/August 2003 with the Conjunto Clave y Guanguanco performing in many festivals and concerts in Europe, including The Womad Festival in Reading and others in France, Belgium and Italy.

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Regular activities with Clave y Guaguanco in Havana:

U.N.E.A.C (Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba)
Casas de la Musica in both Miramar and Central Havana,
Delirio Habanero - Teatro National
Cafe Cantante - Teatro National
Hotel National - Salon 1930
Diablo tun tun - Miramar
Encuentro entre dos culturas South Africa and Cuba
All Festivals of Rumba
Carnaval de Verano
Callehon de Hamel
Rumbas in Matanzas as invited by Los Munequitos de Matanzas and others
Rumba workshops with foreign visitors such as Key 2 Cuba from England
Limon UNEAC, Havana 2004

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In the UK

Limon was living, performing and teaching in Brighton from 2004-2010 from his home of Havana, Cuba and his rumba group there Clave y Guaguanco.

He has taught and played with many London and Brighton musicians, including Robin Jones Jazz group at the Jazz Café, London. Laurence Jones and BJAS at the Lion & Lobster Pub, Brighton. Bacalao at the Komedia Club, Brighton where he performed Afrocuban Rumba, Viento y Marea latin/salsa group at the Casablanca Club, Brighton. Los Diablitos at the Sanctuary Cafe, Hove. Latin Vibes at the Freemason's Pub, Hove. Tres Naciones/Three Nations at the Babylon Lounge. Felix & Camina African Cuban Day, Brighton Black History Month.

Limon was the founder, musical director and percussionist with Latin Jazz group Limon y Sentimiento Latino/Latin Feeling. A quintet comprising of Limon - percussion, congas,bata,vocals. Luke Rattenbury, Guitar.Andre Fry,bass Guitar,Lucy Taylor, flute,vocals,Dan Rehahn,Trombone,vocals. This is authentic Latin Jazz based on the Cuban Clave with many original compositions by Limon. The music is danceable Jazz. The group was based in Brighton, UK.

There was also Limon's Sentimiento Latino Trio whose members were Luke Rattenbury ,guitar Andre Fry,bass and Limon percussion who played regularly at the Sidewinder, Brunswick and Globe Pubs.

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Currently in Fredericksburg, Virginia in the US

Limon teaches workshops in afrocuban percussion and rhythm for children as well as adults. Limon performs originally choreographed dance performances for private functions and DJ's
Contact Inez for Info 1 540 376 1690
Limon teaches salsa classes and workshops and afrocuban folklorica and rumba.

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Limon´s long term project and dream is
to create authentic cuban rumba here in the US.
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