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Cajón afro-peruano

Osvaldo Hernandez Napoles
MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap - Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles

The course

During this group course, Osvaldo will cover the different techniques of the Afro-Peruvian cajon as well as the rhythms that are more frequently used in contemporary music styles such as rock, funk and pop music.

The cajon

“His majesty El Cajon”, as called by the Peruvian poet Nicomedes Santa Cruz, originates from the 14th century. It is particularly known as an instrument created by the black population of Peru. The Cajon was a substitute for the African drums, whose use was forbidden after deportation of the slaves. It is most likely that the first cajons were simple wooden crates used for the transportation of fruit or fish. The cajon kept on evolving gradually and eventually took his final form during the fifties.

Osvaldo Hernandez Napoles

Osvaldo Hernandez Napoles, was born in Ixmiquilpan in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico.

At the age of 19, Osvaldo began traveling across Latin America, starting with his homeland Mexico, in search of traditional instruments that he was quick to master. His collection reflects the upsetting history of the continent. The pre-Columbian indigenous instruments coexist with those of African deportees and different generations of European settlers.

Installed for more than twenty years in Belgium, Osvaldo has traveled the world, putting all his experience at the service of countless musical projects such as; Deep Forest, Marlene Dorcena, Rosa Brandão, Aura Msimang, Abdelli, Sidiki Camara, Ialma, Vaya Con Dios, Karim Baggili, Taiga Maya, collectives such as Apikon-Dia and Blindnote, to name but a few, his projects personalities: Tierra, Amalgama, Mambu, Nahui-Ollin, as well as theatrical projects like, Philippe Blasband’s Invisible, Karl Valentin’s Noises, the stone bridge and Daniel Danis’ skin of images.

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Come and discover this course during the free session on Wednesday 19th of September from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Collective course 


  • 19:00 – 20:00 : Advanced
  • 20:00 – 21:00 : Beginners


MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap
Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles


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