Yaroldy Abreu Robles was born on February 22, 1977 in Sagua de Tánamo, Holguín, Cuba.
Excellent percussionist and arranger. Among the many talents of the new generation of Cuban experts in Cuban rhythms of French-Haitian origin and knowledge of Afro-Cuban folklore, Yaroldy is an imaginative and expressive percussionist, with great technique and virtuosity, with an original style.
A member of a new batch of Cuban percussionists, he stands out for his genius and mastery, to hear him play is an enjoyment for the senses.
He radiates vitality and joy, his hands seem to fly and at the same time caress the drums causing a magical and contagious effect on those who listen to him. He is currently one of the members of the Maestro Chucho Valdés Quintet.
He grew up in an environment rich in traditions and with his grandmother he learned about the activities of Tumba Francesa de Bejuco.
This is an association of solidarity that preserves and enhances the folklore of French-African-Caribbean origin through cultural recreational meetings, and especially the celebrations organized by the slaves of Haiti.
He is not a great connoisseur of the Yoruba culture, he is not a believer, but he feels attracted by the symbolism and the music of the magic Afro-Cuban religious cults.
He began studying guitar as his first instrument at the Casa de la Cultura. Then at the age of nine he began classical percussion at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte de Holguín and in 1996 he entered the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana, where he graduated in 2001. Sound in the whole range of percussion of academic character and those of the Afro-Cuban tradition.
The first band where he played was called Son de Sagua, in which he played guitar with a mixed repertoire. His debut was with percussion, bongo in several groups and then with a wider range of instruments.
He began working with the group Piapá, doing experimental percussion, and a classical percussion quintet.
Also with dance music groups such as Pupy and Los Que Son Son and others. In 1997 he became a professional with Maraca and Otra Visión internacional, in 2000 he joined Irakere and in 2001 he joined the quartet of Chucho Valdés, the great protagonist of Cuban music in the last forty years as composer, director and discoverer of talents.
Among the young Cuban percussionists who continue to renew the grammar and pronunciation of the Afrolatino tumbadora in jazz, one of the most influential names is the thirty-one Yaroldy Abreu, whose point of reference is the work of the great immortal masters such as Chano Pozo, Tata Güines, Mongo Santamaría, Jorge “El Niño” Alfonso and Miguel “Angá” Díaz.