El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion

EL TALLER is a series of courses about percussion in Latin America.

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Hey Tallerista!! Good news are coming from this beautiful collaboration between us and the good people from .musica we are starting a new series of workshops dedicated to the Latin repertoire, book your place ASAP and join us again in the Shunpike’s Latin Special 2!!! This time straight from Glasgow will lead the brass section the big the only one .merchant !! Drummers & Brass player all levels welcomed!!! Link in the bio!! .

Shunpike Social Club's Latin Special 2! | Humanitix 25/11/2023

hey hey hey! well! in January it starts again, one of our favourites collaboration with the almighty Shunpike Social Club and Oi Musica, in this Latin Special 2!! this time we will work with the great Richard Harry from Brass, Aye? More More possibilities of cumbia and mambo for the people!... open for brass and percussions, any level! book your place ASAP!! nos vemos allí!!

Shunpike Social Club's Latin Special 2! | Humanitix Shunpike Social Club's Latin Special 2!


For all the fellas that write to us asking for the next workshop... well, is coming something again.. atentes to our social media!


Last week we had our last session of the Cajon workshop with the energetic lovely kids from Families of Auchinairn Coming Together F.A.C.T. at the Auchinairn Community Centre. Last term with the kids we could craft and paint the Cajons and now we came back to play and learn more about this instrument. After 8 sessions we could show what we have done with their parents, thanks you as always Creative Spark Theatre Arts for bringing a bit of the Latin American culture to this lovely community!!! .


Hey hey!! We weren´t sleeping these days... only preparing ourselves for these short sweet and nutritive three-session workshop... well this time we will be ambitious: Guaguanco, Clave, marcha etc... if you are obsessed enough with the percussion, with the Afro-Cuban music, or if you always wanted to play congas and didn´t have the opportunity etc... well, the Shunpike+Oi Musica +El Taller will help with that!!, book your place in advance and prepare those hands.

Photos from Creative Spark Theatre Arts's post 01/09/2023

We are having so much fun with the wee ones of the Families of Auchinairn Coming Together F.A.C.T. and Creative Spark Theatre Arts!!

Photos from El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion's post 07/07/2023

We have received this beautiful pics from Maria Paz Gonzales of our last Cajones in the Neighbourhood at G.R.A.C.E. with the collaboration of Creative Spark Theatre Arts . Keep on eye of our social media and keep your self siempre sabrosx!!

Photos from Creative Spark Theatre Arts's post 10/06/2023

Yesterday we finished our craft & play cajón sessions with G.R.A.C.E.and we had a lot of fun, playing our Landó, singing and finally varnishing our instrument, thank you very much Creative Spark Theatre Arts for the invitation and all your efforts!!!

Photos from El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion's post 04/06/2023

Oh yes!! Here they are!! The cajons are painted… with the wise guidance of the Colombian artist .qui this beautiful instruments are ready for the fun! next week we will finish our workshop at with .aftercare , is quite a privilege to work with this diverse bunch of good people that were so receptive!! Thanks to for the invitation and efforts !!!. Se viene la ultima!!!.


Well, this summer in Portobello we will be busy with .musica and , because the amazing again take the red telephone and call us to bring some afrocuban, afrobrazilian and Colombian flavour to its selected repertoire, follow us and keep updated of the busking and gigs y mantente sabrosx, nos vemos allí!!! .

Photos from Moredun Library's post 27/04/2023

Such a good time we had at the Moredun Library sharing about the Latin American culture and playing drums!! Thank you very much to the library team and I hope to see you soon!!!
Keep an eye on social media to know when is coming new opportunities to play with us!!


If today you can’t go with your family to the Moredun Library to our percussion workshop, you still have the opportunity to join us at the Central Library tomorrow at 2pm, book your place at the link in the bio and see you there!!!


Hey! Tallerista, this Wednesday again we will be delivering our percussion workshop for families in libraries, this is the turn of the Moredun Library, it will be a session dedicated to Latin American percussion where we will talk about the Black heritage of the Latin American drums, and we will play together, see you at 4pm at the Library!

Are you interested in drumming yourself or with your family in the library? Learning about different drums and their black and Latin American heritage? Do you want to know more about the Latin American Culture related to music? If your reply is YES, come to join us in our Family Drumming Workshop on Wednesday 12th of April at 4pm where in a safe and inclusive environment we will play and sing African and Afro-Latin American tunes and will learn some facts about the African and Afro-Latin American heritage. No experience or drums are required! The Workshop wil be leaded by Jose Rojas, Chilean Percussionist who runs El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion : a teaching project that spreads Afro-Latin American music in Scotland. Nos vemos allí!!

Wester Hailes Library Family Fun Day - Percussion and Drumming Workshop 04/04/2023

Hey!!! Are you and your family in holidays in Edinburgh and you don’t know what to do? In the next two weeks, we will be doing percussion workshops in three different libraries around the town, drums will be provided and you don’t need previous musical experience, only your good vibe and to be interested in the Latin American culture and music. Tomorrow the session is in the Wester Hailes Library at 3pm, take your tickets from the link below!!! Nos vemos allí

Wester Hailes Library Family Fun Day - Percussion and Drumming Workshop Join us for a family friendly Drumming and Percussion workshop led by Jose Rojas of "El Taller" as part of our Wester Hailes Library Fun Day


Tallerista!! we are really happy to announce a three sessions workshop again hosted by the good people from the Shunpike Social Club and Oi Musica, this time we will go a bit deeper in the Latin percussion (cascara, cowbell, conga, and... obviously a lot of CLAVE), and in the Cumbia the challenge will be to make each of the patterns in each instrument... singing the other patterns, and leading the beat with your body always... you want to take the challenge? Booking is essential and instruments will be provided!!
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One of the last activities of El Taller last year was the Latin Special sessions hosted by the amazing Shunpike Social Club , we were quite honored to co-lead six music sessions with Marcus from Oi Musica. In these sessions, we studied three tunes from the Latin America repertoire. Shunpike is an awesome street band and such a nice bunch of people! the final performance at Pianodrome was a blast!
Keep following our social media Tallerista, this year we will bring more Larin American bits of music and dance and we want to see you there!!.

Photos from El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion's post 12/01/2023

Following the highlights from our last year in El Taller we introduce one of our favorite projects: From the SUR. This project involved the coming together of the Cajones in the Neighbourhood craft & play workshops and the Dancing SUR sessions led by the amazing Andrea Torres Viedma . We were also lucky to work with a dream team of artists that included Andrés Perez Naveiro, Yon Qui and Iain Mackechnie . From the SUR was developed in partnership with Pianodrome and ended with two wonderful performances. Massive thanks to the musicians and dancers that took part in the project and made From the SUR possible:
: Dayna Ortner Artistt Carolina Costamante Penny Li RamTajam Music Yon Qui Lau Ve Charles Gaskell , Mo Moxy, Jeimmy A Suarez Nora, Marta, Jasmine, Ester, Yasmin y Salvatore .
pics by Leo Paredes Photography


It is a special mention to the collaboration with the Iranian.community from Glasgow. Cajones in the Neighbourhood took part in the project called Memories from Elsewhere and created a heterodox blend of Latin American and Persian music. The project Memories from Elsewhere was led by Aref Gh Francisco Llinas, Camila Crosta Distanced Assemblage We send a warm hug to the brave Iranian community in solidarity with the struggle for the freedom that for a long time the Iranians has fought . “We shall Overcome “ my friends. Big hug to .official hamid.editor822 Erfan Imandar @ and the community

Photos from El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion's post 10/01/2023

Another highlight from 2022: the ongoing collaboration with Creative Spark Theatre Arts . Cajones in the Neighbourhood continued to work together with Creative Sparks, bringing the cajones to the kids of Families of Auchinairn Coming Together F.A.C.T. and recently to women from G.R.A.C.E. . These are two different organisations based in Auchinairn which aim to improve people´s wellbeing and promote inclusion. Such a lovely experience to see two different generations enjoying the Latin American culture! Massive thanks to Jennifer Mcdonald for creating these beautiful connections.


Happy new year Tallerista!! we wish you the best for 2023.
we would like to thank everyone who supported us in our activities. After the pandemic, 2022 wasn´t an easy year, but we were really lucky to keep ourselves busy spreading the Latin American culture in our workshops, residences and shows. These days we will be posting a few vids and pics of the highlights of last year: today we start with the Music Residence with DDandelionand the EEdinburgh Agroecology Coop. This residence was a prolific adventure of 4 months of intense research, workshops, and activities in different communities based in the north of Edinburgh, in which the music and growing culture were our main subjects. The final parade included a mixture of musicians playing Sikus, Cajons, and Agogo bells, in addition to our pals from BBristol Branch and was the perfect close to this heterogeneous and diverse residence. Massive shout up to our host at the farm EEmma BrierleyEEdinburgh Agroecology Coop to the beautiful community and choir AAma-zing Harmonies to the young talented musicians from GGranton Youth, to our Key Players at the parade AAndrea Torres Viedma& PPenny Lito our dear YYon Quifor the support and painting interventions in the Cajons, our sukuri master MMarco Parradowith his sikuris fellas, to MMANKA SAYAfor this old and inspirational song and the good bunch of people who were part of the open activities and the percussion workshops!


We said it that night, the six sessions of the Latin Special with the were one of the highlight of El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion & Jose Rojas Navea this year, and we have to say that this year was one full of activities! Thanks to Leon Sink and Pianodrome for the invitation to the Christmas party and to Marcus and Oi Musica for leading such a good bunch of musicians and to trust in us to co-lead those sessions… and well, a seguir con sabor el proximo año!.


And this is the other magnificent project where El Taller, Afro Percussion Jose Rojas Navea has been invited to co-lead six sessions with the great Shunpike Social Club at Portobello, such a nice and talented people are there!! The Latin Special sessions bring some tunes of Dámaso Perez Prado, Benny Moré and …(this is really special for me) the essential sound of the Banda Conmoción ✊🏽!!!!! A big thank you to Marcus Britton and Olivia Furness from Oi Musica for the generous invitation y seguimos!!!

Photos from El Taller, Afro Latin American Percussion's post 03/12/2022

Hola tallerista!! Sorry for our silence in the social media, but we are quite busy in two beautiful project that we were invited: this one is a special one, we run our Cajones in the Neighbourhood in partnership with Creative Spark Theatre Arts to the beneficiaries of G.R.A.C.E. and it has been a really beautiful experience for all of us, we built our Cajón, play and sing in Spanish Fina Estampa, the beautiful song of Chabuca Granda we feel quite honoured that the attendants has been really receptive and interested in the South American music and culture. With all of this elements we talk about the resilience in our day by day… such a beautiful sessions we are doing there!!


Tallerista! We are excited to announce this beautiful collaboration with the great Shunpike Social Club, bringing some Latin music to Portobello in six weekly sessions in partnership with the good of ... esto va a estar encendido!!! book your place now!!

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