Born in Caracas, but raised in Bolivar state, Jeickov Vital, is a researcher of the Afro-Venezuelan percussion, whose talent has led him to share stage with Gustavo Dudamel, Oscar de Leon, Aquiles Baez, among others.
Over more than 15 years, Jeickov integrated, to name a few, the ranks of cultural groups such as the Berejú foundation, with whom met the roots of the carnival and the sound of calypso El Callao; Canto de un pueblo, Son de Chuao, Afrocódigos and Herencia, representatives of the African culture in the capital and the Venezuelan coast and Ensambles Kimbándu “Traditional Music and Dance of Venezuela, Latin America and the Caribbean” research team, promotion and dissemination Venezuelan musical and dancistic manifestations.
After enjoying the musical diversity of his country, Vital does not waste time and initiates a series of investigations of the Afro-Venezuelan demonstrations in the South of Maracaibo’s lake (San Benito), in the town of Palmarejo, Patanemo, Chuao, San Millán and Borburata (San Juan Bautista), places with great sound and cultural wealth, and makes them his own, touching his notes, knowing their history and spread his legacy.
In 2000, he founded and directed the group Tambores Bombayá, in the city of Merida (Venezuela), making the Venezuelan drum guest of honor at major cultural events in the region, giving them local popularity, but above all, generating musical alliances that led him to Mexico, Cuba, and recently, Colombia and Brazil.
Currently, Jeickov Vital, is part of the Simón Bolívar Musical Foundation, as Professor, with a team dedicated to teaching through seminars and Masters Classes at the Latin American School of Percussion, directed by Acuarius Zambrano and also of the System of National Youth Orchestras of Venezuela imparting knowledge in various percussion ensembles of Venezuela; Continuing with the idea of Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu to involve the popular rhythms in classical music and, in turn, integrate the most popular of the world’s societies socioeconomic strata.
This project carries out its work taking in each of his teachings information of the African percussion origins that occur in Venezuela running and representing with great respect the legacy of the rhythms of the chimbangueles of San Benito, calypso El Callao, the culo e’Puya, fulía, Mina, the drum and quitiplás of Guatire, Miranda state; and drumbeats from different regions as Maracay, Falcon, Puerto Cabello, Yaracuy and Central Coast, with its different variants, among others.
Bobures, coastal town of Venezuela, characterized by various cultural events, was the village where Urbano Solarte was born and raise. Despite his interest in baseball at a very young age, as he grew older became more interested in music. In his village began to show these artistic skills such as dance and percussion. Later he leaves Bobures with the intention to learn from other musicians and bring their knowledge to others through the city of Maracaibo and then Merida, where he currently lives. Urbano Solarte, has proved to be a versatile musician and has brought its artistic attributes to a very important festivals, both in Venezuela and abroad.
JOSE DEL VALLE
José del Valle Gómez Rondón starts in the artistic world in 1988 in the Bereju foundation. His career includes performances by the guidance of Azabache productions of Francisco Centeno, opening concerts for Salserín in the generation of Servando and Florentino Primera.
He took classes in the musical conservatory CEMI, and was named wunderkind percussion in 1992. He has participated in several international festivals accompanying assemblies Venezuelan folk music in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, Holland. He studied art, reading and improvisation at the Jazz Workshop Caracas and clinical percussion with teachers Paoli Mejias, Orlando Poleo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Ofarril Pacheco.
As a latin percussionist he has gone through Mr. Baco -winners of the reality show Generation S of Venevisión broadcaster-, Jacox’s, Caribbean Sound, Banda Bless which was a group created to accompany nationwide artists as Nelson Arrieta, former Guaco; Javier Zalez, Angel Flores from Porfi Klan, Edgar Dolor from Bailatino band, Marcial Izturiz. José Del Valle is an arranger and composer of several Venezuelan African themes for Tambores Bombayá and Berejú foundation, and was recently the official image of Bolivar City, which was the city competing to host the 2019 Pan American Games.