GON BOPS WELCOMES LENNY CASTRO!

GON BOPS WELCOMES PERCUSSION ICON LENNY CASTRO TO ARTIST FAMILY

Gon Bops is extremely excited and proud to welcome the amazing Lenny Castro to our artist family! One of the world’s most in-demand percussionists, Lenny’s influence on percussion is legendary.  For over 40 years, he has belonged to an elite list of musicians who have contributed, quite literally, to the soundtrack of our lives.

For Lenny, it’s all about the music and what’s best for the song.  As a first-call artist, he’s known for his amazing ability to know exactly what to play on any track.  As a result, it’s no surprise he’s recorded and/or performed with the biggest names in music, including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Ricky Lee Jones, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, and The Mars Volta.

He can be heard on many of the best-selling albums and tracks of all time, like Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Toto’s Africa, Christopher Cross’ Ride Like the Wind and Randy Newman’s I Love LA, as well as many successful movie soundtracks like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Fugitive9 to 5 and the new hit film The Lion King.

“I am very excited about this, I feel like I’m coming home to Gon Bops,” comments Castro. “These are the very first instruments I played when I began my career many years ago,”

Please join us in a very warm welcome to the newest member of the Gon Bops family!

Gon Bops Welcomes Tony Moreaux Charon!

Tony Moreaux Charon is a member of the Afro-Cuban All Stars (Buena Vista Social Club) led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez…the most important figures in Cuban music today. Other artists Tony’s played with include the legendary jazz guitarist and vocalist George Benson, Jazz trumpet Roy Hargrove, Santana’s conga player Raul Rekow, Luis Conte and many others including pop, jazz and Latin bands in Europe.  We’re proud to welcome this great player!

Gon Bops Welcomes Yissy Garcia!

Gon Bops welcomes drummer/percussionist/composer Yissy García! Yissy is one of the most respected artists to emerge from a particularly exciting new generation of Cuban musicians. Considered to be the islands most prominent female percussionist and one of its most dynamic and innovative performers, she demonstrates the art of combining traps and percussion, drawing from both folkloric and popular Cuban music as well as contemporary jazz and funk styles.  For more info, please visit her artist page!

Gon Bops’ New Artists of 2018!

Gon Bops’ New Artists of 2018!  Gon Bops rounds out another fantastic year, welcoming these highly skilled, exciting new artists!   From Tel Aviv, Israel – Itamar Doari, a virtuoso percussionist, blends various instruments of different origin into a hybrid setup with masterful technique and musicality.  Carolina Cohen from Buenos Aires, Argentina brings her fresh, strong and joyous talent to our family.   Studying with such masters as Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Richard Marquez currently plays with Cuban born musician/Academy award nominated actor Andy Garcia and the Cineson All-Stars.  Percussionist Mat Britain has performed with many influential country artists including appearing on platinum hits with Kenny Chesney.  Brazilian drummer/percussionist Eduardo Guedes has performed and/or recorded with greats including Bobby Sanabria, Willie Nelson, Kiko Freitas, Dudu Tucci and many others.  Steven Brezet has traveled to many African countries, has studied with master drummer Ndiaye Rose and can be heard on Snarky Puppy’s “We Like It Here” album.   Gon Bops is proud to welcome and work with these fine artists and looks forward to another great year in 2019!! 

Gon Bops Welcomes Itamar Doari!

Gon Bops Welcomes the incomparable Itamar Doari!

Israeli percussionist Itamar Doari is one of the most versatile and talented players in the world today, blending various Middle Eastern instruments with the Western drumset in a unique and exciting way.  He maintains complex darbuka patterns while holding down incredible drumset grooves and has caught the attention of musicians and composers worldwide.   We’re extremely proud to welcome this amazing artist to our growing, elite artist family!

Gon Bops Has Best NAMM Ever!

2018 Winter NAMM proved to be Gon Bops’ Best NAMM showing ever!  With premiering our new Roberto Quintero Fiberglass Congas and Bongos, this year’s booth was accented by ‘red-sparkle’ and Roberto himself was on hand to demo his great new drums.  The finest percussionists in the world were there including masters Alex Acuna & Walfredo de los Reyes Sr and Gon Bops ‘New’ generation of incredible talent –  conguero phenom Eliel Lazo, Timbaleros Luisito Quintero and Daniel Rodriguez, and our newest member to our family, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the extremely talented Carolina Cohen!    Stay tuned to Gon Bops for news on the upcoming video of the amazing spontaneous performances that went down at the show!

Also, huge hits were Gon Bops newest products, our muli-colored Fiesta Cajons, 8″ Timbale Snare, Crasher Deluxe, Brazilian-made Caxixi, Hickory Claves, Fiesta Wood Shakers and lastly, our versatile Timbale Hardware Set!

Thanks to all who attended the show and lent their great vibes to Gon Bops!!

Gon Bops Welcomes Brad Dutz!

For the past 30 years/plus, Brad Dutz has performed with many of music’s most recognizable names, has performed on some the biggest film soundtracks, has written and recorded releases as a leader and has published many educational works. His name has been associated with everyone from David Benoit to Alanis Morrisette, LeAnn Rimes to Rickie Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges to Willie Nelson. Just a few of the hit film titles featuring Brad’s percussion artistry include The Bourne Legacy, Cowboys and Aliens, Syriana, Star Trek 5, Ocean’s Eleven and Anchorman. Dutz has conducted clinics and master classes for countless educational institutions, has performed numerous times at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention and continues to push the musical envelope with exciting, inventive and unusual ensemble configurations. Gon Bops is proud to welcome this talented artist to our artist family!

Gon Bops Congratulates Walfredo de los Reyes Sr.!

Congratulations to percussion legend and long-time Gon Bops Signature artist Walfredo de Los Reyes Sr.! We recently presented Walfredo with the Gon Bops Lifetime Achievement award for his invaluable contribution to the craft.  We’re honored to work with Walfredo and thankful for his knowledge and expertise. Our thanks extend to all of our amazing GB artists!

Gon Bops Expands in Africa and Puerto Rico!

We’re proud to welcome new endorsees Yasmane Santos & Walter Rodriguez Sr.!  Originally from Cuba, Yasmane Santos now resides in Angolo, Africa where he plays with many successful bands there including Yola Semedo, Banda Maravilha…two Angolan musical icons. Santos has also performed with Haila Maria Mompie, Mederic Colignon and many other greats in world music. Yasmane is currently Professor of Percussion in the School of Music Training in Luanda, Angola and has taught workshops in various schools in Angola, Brazil and Argentina. We’re proud to welcome this fantastic player.

http://www.gonbops.com/artists/yasmane-santos/

From Puerto Rico, we very excited to welcome Walter Rodriguez-Saniel! Considered one of the most influential percussionists to hail from PR, Walter Sr. has dominated that scene for many years, performing on TV shows, recordings, big bands and various ensembles. Mr. Rodriguez has played with Tito Rodriguez, Danny Gans, Tony Chiroldes, Paquito Cordero and Warren Covington, just to name a few and continues to remain active there playing as drummer and musical director for the Puerto Rico Los Hispanos Vocal Quartet. We welcome him to our family, joining his long-time dear friends/fellow Gon Bops artists, Alex Acuna, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. and his son, Walter Rodriguez Jr.!

http://www.gonbops.com/artists/walter-rodriguez-sr/

Gon Bops Welcomes Ignacio Berroa!

Recognized as one of the great drummers of our time, Cuban-born Ignacio Berroa has influenced some of the worlds most respected musicians, including Dennis Chambers, Peter Erskine and many others. Wynton Marsalis says of Ignacio: “Ignacio plays with intelligence, taste, fire and soul”. Upon leaving his home country in 1980, Berroa joined Dizzy Gillespie’s quartet and took part in many of Gillespie’s bands during that decade, including the Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra. Able to balance both the Afro-Cuban and Jazz genres seamlessly, Ignacio has also performed with Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Jaco Pastorius, Michel Camilo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and many more. A renowned author, educator, session artist and performer, we’re honored to have Mr. Berroa join our artist family!