Roberto Fonseca belongs to the young cohort of Cuban artists who've had the privilege of being able to work with the golden generation of this Caribbean island. Born in 1975 into a musical family, Fonseca has been playing the piano since he turned eight years old. However, he really preferred percussion and this can still be heard in his playing: Fonseca's trademark is his percussion-driven style. His musical career really took off when he was invited as a sideman to Rubén González in the Orquestra de Ibrahim Ferrer. This opened the doors to other greats, such as Omara Portuondo, Cachaíto López and many Cuban All Stars, with whom he has toured the globe. That particular wealth of musical meetings can be heard on his latest two albums Zamazu and Akokan, on which he connects the most important musical traditions from America, Brazil and Cuba with those of the African continent.