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date: 23 September 2020

Suaqué, Juan Pablo locked

(1978– ), instrument maker, musician, and Afro-Argentine activist,
  • Nicolás Fernández Bravo
  •  and Richard Nudelman


was born in the locality of El Bonito, in the province of Misiones, Argentina, and raised by a foster family in greater Buenos Aires in the district of Lanús. As a teenager, he became interested in percussion and African drumming rhythms, learning about them by means of observing older percussionists, rather than by formal classes. While developing his skills as a drummer, he earned a degree in psychology.

Without knowing the exact origins of his ancestors, Suaqué intuited that he might have an African heritage. In a meeting with Rita Montero, the celebrated singer suggested to him that he might be of African descent. Inspired by this idea, he began to learn Afro-Argentine drumbeats and chants (e.g., candombe porteño, rumba abierta through the teachings of older Afro Porteños as residents of the port city of Buenos Aires are known A short time later Suaqué found out exactly where ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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