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Gino Gamboa ("El Obispo")
cajón, master percussionist

Born in Lima, Peru and living in the U.S. since the mid-’90s, Gino Gamboa is a master percussionist, teacher and instrument maker and a prime exponent of Afro-Peruvian music. He has toured and recorded with Eva Ayllon, Peru Negro, Tolu and Los Hijos del Sol. His special focus is on teaching and fabricating the Peruvian cajón. Founder of the groups Armonia Criolla and Contrapunto and an integral member of Sajama, Gino was also a member of a Peruvian delegation that participated in the opening ceremonies of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Since 2003 Gino has coordinated the annual “Concurso Internacional del Cajón.” He continues to travel to different parts of the world offering clinics on cajón as well as presenting Peruvian music in general.