|Emedin Rivera was born in the Bronx
and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He started playing the
bongos at the age of 8, and his exposure and passion for music
came from his father and uncle who both played in a trio in
Emedin has a unique and creative ability to incorporate and
blend his latin Caribbean african influences into a vast array
of musical styles. Emedin has developed his own system of
playing drums and congas simutaneously, (sounding like three
people), calling it "Percussion Kit". Emedin is
well known for his sound effects, many of which are hand made
by him. They can be heard on some of the National Geographic
has also won five Emmy Awards - The America Experience (PBS)
and Picture Perfect (PBS).
Emedin has performed live with Harry Belafante, Gregory Hines,
Paquito De Rivera, Vicky Sue Robinson, Angela Bofill, Gloria
Gaynor, Ben E King, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentine, Andy Narell,
Latoya Jackson, David Broza. Emeline Michel and Bernie Williams
just to name a few.
He has recorded live with Larry Coryell, Bob James, Chuck
Mangione, Nelson Rangell, Harry Belafonte, Maria Schneider,
Rick Cua, Denise Williams, Albert Castiglia ( Keeping on).
Emeline Michel ( Reine de Coeur). Blues Council ( Let the
Healing Begin). Paula Atherton (Inter Play). Lou Watson (
Taking a Chance on Love). Thos Shipley ( My Favorite Things).
Clyde Criner ( The Color of Dark) and many others.
has also played on a few movie soundtracks, such as Sixteen
Blocks, Tough Turf, End of Night and more. Emedin's commercial
credits are Anheiser Bush, Mercedes Benz, Visa, Seven Up,
Crest Tooth paste and more.
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the Conga Toms video:
Stevie Wonder, Sting,
Harry Belafonte, Latoya Jackson,
of Base, Gregory Hines, Maxwell,
Paquito De Rivera,
Noel Pointer, Milira,
Gato Barbieri, Vicky Sue Robinson,
Jon Lucien, Cheo
Feliciano, Rick Cua,
Dave Valentine, Marion
Meadows, Mary Wilson,
Dave Samuels, Michael
Bolton, Tom Brown,
George Howard, Triplets, Roland
Angela Bofiel, Andy
Ben E. King, Gloria
Gaynor, The System,
Lucesita Benitez, Bob Baldwin, Charro
David Broza, Emeline
Michel, Bernie Williams.
Lucie Arnaz, Martin
Al Di Meola,
Larry Coryell, Eileen Ivers,
Bob James, Milira,
Harry Belafonte, Clyde Criner, Top
Chuck Mangione, Members
Only Jeans, Wendelboe,
Roland Vazquez, The
Belmonts, Jeanine Carter,
Tom Brown Percussion, Works NYC, Baysix,
Nelson Rangell, Black
Ivory, Top Banana,
Sweet Sensation, Bob
Halligan, Jr. Bob Baldwin,
Kim Pensyl, Joanie
Madden, Rick Cua,
Tommy Igoe, Sachi
Hayasaka, Maria Schneider,
Kim Waters, Liz
Carroll, Gary Valente,
The Quinn Brothers,
Joseph Diamond, Sean Harkness,
John Fedchock, Bob
Devos, Gary Morgan,
Ann Hampton, Callaway,
Vieux Diop, Bakiti Kumalo,
Veronica Martell, Pura
Ed Palermo Big Band (Take
Your Clothes Off When You Dance); Nina Simone
Very Rare Evening); Rob Fried (Wind Songs);
Williams (Love Niecy Style); Doug Hartline (Simple Gifts);
Catherine Dupuis (The Rules Of The Road);
Albert Castiglia ( Keeping on). Emeline
Michel ( Reine de Coeur).
Blues Council ( Let the Healing Begin).
Paula Atherton (Inter Play).
Lou Watson ( Taking a Chance on Love).
Thos Shipley ( My Favorite Things).
Clyde Criner ( The Color of Dark).
Blues Counsel, Gregory Telfort - Kita Nago
Letterman, CBS Morning Show,
Joan Rivers, Harry
Belafonte, PBS Special,
Show Time at the Apollo, Della
New York PBS, Boston
BET Studio Jams
Tough Turf, End
of the Night, 16 Blocks with Bruce
Modern Percussion, Modern
Drummer, Christian Musicians Magazine,
Anheiser Bush, Mercedes
Seven-UP, Crest Toothpaste
Vic Firth - Drumsticks
Paiste - Cymbals
L.P Latin Percussion
Evans - Drumheads!
Jimmy Lento - Triplet Drum Glove
Matthew Smith - Drums
Emedin has also won (five) Emmy
1. The American Experience (PBS)
2. Picture Perfect (PBS)
3. Pistol Pete (CBS)
4. The Curse of the Bambino (HBO)
5. Nine Innings from Ground Zero (HBO)
made by Emedin
EM - RAYS The
in Bongo Heads.
No more breaking
are made of a strong DOUBLE-PLY
PLASTIC that will
Last Longer than any ordinary head.
Neither Moisture, Heat nor
Cold will affect the quality
of the sound.
Once tuned, they never need
EM-RAYS also produce an excellent
sound for recordings
has also invented the Cyclone Shaker.
It won Best of Show at the 09'
For more information about the EM-RAYS
and the Cyclone
Shaker, or to purchase
e-mail me at: Emedinrivera@gmail.com