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Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez

Internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning recording artist Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, born in Havana, Cuba, started performing at an early age. As part of the exciting musical scene of 1980s Havana. Horacio worked with all of its dominant musicians, including Paquito D’Rivera, Lucia Huergo, Arturo Sandoval, and German Velazco. Horacio quickly became the most in-demand drummer in Cuba.

Since arriving in the US in 1993, Horacio has worked with musical legends Carlos Santana, Mike Stern, Michel Camilo, Tito Puente, Chucho Valdes, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, John Patitucci, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and McCoy Tyner among many others.

Horacio is currently a faculty member of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, the Drummer’s Collective in New York, and the Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and frequently conducts workshops for KOSA International.

Known for his brilliant rhythmic and musical drumming that features the left-foot clave technique. Horacio is considered one of the top drummers in the world today.


> Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez Biography (doc)
> Hoarcio “El Negro” Hernandez Articles (pdf)
> Horacio “El negro” Hernandez Interview (doc)
> Review of “Italuba” (doc)
> Modern Drummer Article (pdf)


> “If” from “If” (Far & Here Music 2005) (mp3)
 Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Fahir Atakoglu, Anthony Jackson


> “Two Ways” from “If” (Far & Here Music 2005) (mp3)
 Haracio “El Negro” Hernandez, Fahir Atakoglu, Anthony Jackson

New Danzon

> “El Manisero” from “New Danzon (Alma Records 2004) (mp3)
 Hilario Duran featuring Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez

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