Vintash is an American-based band unlike any other. Established in 2016, their musical roots ley in soul, jazz, blues, latin, world and Bossa Nova. By aligning their divergent cultures and unwavering passion, Cuban born Raymond Daniel Rodriguez, Cuban-American Dorian Reyes, Cleveland, Ohio native Michaela Paige , Cuban born Anika Vila and Joel Aramis from Miami have created a sound all their own. Vintash is an experiment in the new and old. This transcendent ensemble has created a sound that has listeners bound for a journey of styles and concepts as far as the mind can imagine.
IN THE LINE OF GREAT MUSICIANS FOM MALI AS TOUMANI DIABATÉ, CHEICK TIDIANE Seck, Amadou and Mariam, WITH WHICH HE WORKS REGULARLY as arranger OR CONDUCTOR FOR NEARLY FIFTEEN YEARS WORLDWIDE, FOFANA AHMED IS THE ONE OF THE MAJOR MUSICIANS OF THE WEST AFRICAN MUSIC SCENE OF TODAY.
Ahmed Fofana was born in Cote d'Ivoire to Malian parents. He comes from a family of griots. Thus, he grew up in music, between Flute, Balafon, Kora and Percussion. He makes music to his language, through which he becomes the repository of his origins throughout the world. During the encounters and travels his music was mixed.
Musician multi-instrumentalist, arranger, director, Ahmed Fofana worked for over 15 years for the greatest artists of the African music scene (Toumani Diabate, Amadou and Mariam, Ray Lema, Cheick Tidiane Seck, The GB Kotéba, Manjul, Vieux Farka Touré) and international (Bjork, Damon Albarn, Dee Dee Bridgewater) with which he demonstrates his talent with passion and seriousness.
He is also involved in the creation of the "Mix up Bamako" project launched by MARSATAC (David Walters, Alif Tref ...). He was the conductor parallel to Toumani Diabaté for many years, for which he especially composed and arranged the album "Independence Boulevard" exit on the World Circuit Label based in London (Label of Buena Vista Social Club, d 'Ali Farka Touré
He followed Toumani Diabaté on all his international tours until 2008.
Accustomed biggest stages worldwide, Ahmed Fofana gets UNESCO award in 2005 for a residency in Montreal, where he participated in several festivals: Nuits d'Afrique, Edmonton Folk Festival, Festival the end of the world, MMM in 2005 . He occurs at the Jazz festival in Vienna with Toumani Diabaté in 2008 or more recently an international tour with Amadou and Mariam in 2011 in Australia and New Zealand for WOMAD FESTIVAL.
He now dedicates himself to his solo career and takes us on a fabulous journey overflowing bie.
Ruy Lopez-Nussa Lekszycki, born in Mexico city in 1957, settled in Havana city since 1958.
Profession: Percussionist musician, graduated from Higher Institute of Art in Havana.
1976: Finished his music studies in middle level, on percussion specialty. Began his labor as professor of percussion in Provincial School of Arts in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
1979: Moved to Havana City and continued as music professor in the School Alejandro Garcia Caturla.
1980: Began his career as professional musician: the first six months of the year in a rock band; later as accompanist of singer Beatriz Marquez.
1981: Began to work as percussionist and drum player with the singer song-writer Pedro Luis Ferrer.
1982: Finished his Music Degree, Percussion specialty in the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA).
1983: First Award of Percussion in the contest of Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, (Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists), 1983.
1984: Took part in the recording of Pedro Luis Ferrer´s LP En espuma y arena
1985-87: Took part in national and international events, such as:
o International Festival of Varadero, Cuba;
o International Guitar Festival of Havana;
o Festival CICLA, Peru;
o Festival of Youth and Students, German Democratic Republic (GDR);
o Festival of El Dia journal, Mexico city.
1988: Began to work as vocalist with Santiago Feliu. Jazz concerts with Cuban pianist Ramon Valle. Tour in GDR (Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig).
1990: Tour in Colombia with Santiago Feliu. Participated in Bogota Jazz Festival with Ramon Valle´s group Brujula.
1992: Tour in Spain with Santiago Feliu and Estado de Animo band. Presentation ción en el III Festival de Jazz de Barcelona.
1993: Performance in Plaza Jazz Festival in Havana together with Airto Moreira, Irakere, Afrocuba, Sampling and Ronnie Scott’s.
1994: Tour in Galicia with Santiago Feliu and Estado de Animo.
1995: Tour in Germany with Santiago Feliu and Estado de Animo.
1996: Performance in Plaza Jazz Festival in Havana. Tour in Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
1997: Selected to represent the company of cymbals Paiste.
Began to work with Temperamento group.
Participates in the Festival Cervantino of Guanajuato, Mexico, with pianist Jose Maria Vitier.
1998: Tour in Italy with Temperamento.
1999: Tour in Spain with Santiago Feliu.
2000: Tour in Ecuador con el pianista Ernán López-Nussa.
2001: Tour por Argentina con Santiago Feliu.
2003 Tour in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, England and Scotland with Temperamento and Ibrahim Ferrer with Buena Vista Social Club. Performance with Temperamento in Moscow.
2004: Launching of the book Ritmos de Cuba. Percusión y batería, (Cuban Rhythms, Percussion and drums. 1st edition. Havana, Cuba.
2005: Guest of honor in the first and second National Meeting of Symphony Orchestras. Tour with Santiago Feliu in Dominican Republic and Argentina.
2006: Great concert “30 Years of Artistic Life” with musicians whom the autor had worked with, held in the theater Auditorium Amadeo Roldan, Havana, Cuba.
2007: With brothers Sergio and Jose Maria Vitier he took part in the Ceremony Cuba Disco with the Symphony Orchestra of Havana.
2008: Guest in II Festival of Percussion Arts, University of Costa Rica.
Second edition of the book Cuban Rhythms, Percussion and drums, in Germany by Advance Music.
2009: Premiere and performance of Percussion Project ¨La Academia¨ (The Academy) in Cuban Institute of Music.
2010: National Tour Nacional in Art Schools Ruy Lopez-Nussa and The Academy.
2010: Proposiciones Festival in Sports City, Ruy Lopez-Nussa and The Academy.
2010: Began his collaboration with Mezcla group
2010-11 Tours in Canada with Mezcla: Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto, Ottawa, London.
2011: Selected to represent the company of cymbals Sabian
2011: National Tour in Art Schools: Ruy and Adel Gonzalez
2011 –Performances in Plaza Jazz Festival, Ruy Lopez-Nussa and The Academy and Mezcla.
o Fiesta del Tambor (Conga Celebration)
2012: (January) Percussion Festival in Higher School of Music in Monterrey, Mexico.
o First CD recordings of La Academia
o Guest in the Drums Festival in Costa Rica (February)
o Participated in Conga Celebration in Havana
2013: Concert and DVD recording in National Theater of Cuba with La Academia
At the present, besides director of his band La Academia, he is professor of drums in the Music School Amadeo Roldan in Havana, Cuba, and he carries out a regular performance at the gardens of Casa del Alba, with La Academia and guests, every second Saturday of each month.