The Pedrito Martinez Group

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8pm
Talley Student Union Ballroom


“Complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.”


That's how Ben Ratliff of The New York Times adroitly summed up the percussion-charged sound of The Pedrito Martinez Group, the tightest Afro-Cuban band in New York, led by world-class conga player, singer and bandleader Pedrito Martinez.


Born in Havana in 1973, Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Güines and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.


Since moving to New York City, Pedrito has collaborated with Sting, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Meshell Ndegeocello, Eddie Palmieri, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and has been featured on more than one hundred albums.





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Presented by NCSU Center Stage

And with this shell

Theater of Belief: African Costuming and Masking

Large-Format Color Photographs
by Phyllis Galembo


Traveling widely through western and central Africa, photographer Phyllis Galembo has documented participants in all kinds of masquerade events—traditional African ceremonies and contemporary “fancy dress” and carnival—who use costume, body paint and masks to become mythic beings. 

On view January 23 – May 9, 2014
Installed at the NC State University African American Cultural Center Gallery in the Witherspoon Student Center (2810 Cates Avenue, at the corner of Dan Allen Drive).

Open Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-5.





Presented by the Gregg Museum of Art & Design