Emedin Rivera


Emedin Rivera was born in the Bronx, NY, 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 Puerto Rico.

Emedin possesses the unique and creative ability of incorporating and blending his Latin, Caribbean and African influences into a vast array of musical styles. Emedin has developed his own system of playing drums and congas simultaneously, (sounding like three people), calling it "Percussion Kit". Emedin is well known for his sound effects, many of which are handmade by him, and can be heard on some of National Geographic shows. He has also won two Emmy Awards: The America Experience (PBS) and Picture Perfect (PBS).

Emedin has performed live with Harry Belafonte, 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.

Emedin 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 Toothpaste and more.

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Emedin Rivera Concert at Roxbury Arts Center
Emedin Rivera Percussion Kit Demo