Yonder de Jesús

He graduated as a percussion instructor at “La Escuela Nacional de Instructores de Arte” in Havana in 1992, and has since then dedicated his professional career to the interpretation of Afro-Cuban rhythms, salsa, salsa-fusion, jazz and Latin jazz.


He worked as a percussionist with the Cuban bands “Héctor Valentín y su Grupo” and “Isaac Delgado y su Orquesta”, and was also a founding member of “Klimax”, whose director, Giraldo Piloto, had been his teacher.
With the forementioned bands, he performed at more than 200 concerts worldwide, including at different festivals, in particular the Womex Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the New Morning Festival.

He furthermore participated in over 20 recording projects, one of which, “La Rumba Soy Yo”, won the Latin Grammy in 2001 as the best folk music album in the category of Traditional Music.

Shortly after his move to Spain, he started working as a drummer for the Cuban singer Lucrecia Pérez and later participated in the recording of the “Álbum de Cuba”, which was nomminated in 2010 for the Latin Grammy in the category of “Best Album of Contemporary Tropical Music”.

For the past ten years Yonder has been a drummer and percussionist in the Orchestra “Platería”.
Currently, he is directing his own musical Project “Ashe Project”, which is dedicated to Cuban music as well as to World Music. In addition, he is collaborating in various projects.



Discs on which participated Yonder de Jesús