Martinez began performing at the age of 11, where
he played and sang in comparsa groups in school.
Born and raised in Cuba, he had the unique opportunity
to work with numerous Afro-Cuban groups, such
as Yoruba Andabo, Obba Ilu, Tata Guines, Changuito,
Anga and many others. He also recorded several
albums, one of which was entitled "Guemilere",
which was produced by Roman Diaz, as well as the
group Los Nani.
Pedrito also had the opportunity to travel to
Costa Rica, France, Spain, and the Canary Islands,
and came to the United States in July 1998 after
performing with saxophonist Jane Bunnett at the
Canadian Jazz Festival in Toronto.
In September 2000, Pedrito won First Place in
the Thelonious Monk Institute's Afro/Latin
Jazz Hand Drum competition at the John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington,
D.C. This honor led to several more high-profile
projects, including work with Nelson
Gonzalez, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez,
Camero, among many others. He also performed
in the motion picture "Calle 54", as
well as other television works.
Listen to a congahead
theme song that Pedro recorded himself during
one of his visits to the LP® studios.