<p>Raymer</p> <p>Olalde</p>




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Raymer Olalde was born in Remedios, Cuba, a small town in the Villa Clara province. Raymer comes from a musical family; his father and uncle are professional trumpet players and they introduced him to all genres of music ranging from classical to popular Cuban music. He developed a passion for music very early in life and often accompanied his father to popular parrandas, musical carnivals native to his community.

At the age of nine, he attended the "Escuela Vocacional de Arte" in Santa Clara, Cuba studying percussion for five years. Later, he attended the "Escuela Nacional de Arte" in Havana for four years where he graduated with a Degree in Percussion. His studies included mastery of all percussion instruments including: timbales, congas, drums, minor percussion instruments (bongos, maracas, guiro, clave) and symphonic percussion (xylophone, tympani, marimba, vibraphone). Although the school's curriculum was based on classical music, teachers and students introduced Raymer to other styles of music such as popular Cuban music, including jazz, hip hop and Latin American music. After graduating, Raymer remained in school as part of the faculty teaching for five years. During these years he also worked professionally with popular bands such as Septeto Mi Son, Sabrosura Viva, Quinteto Diapason, Habana Ensemble and Manolin el Medico de la Salsa.

In September 1999, Raymer moved to the United States and established himself in Miami where he continued his career as a professional percussionist. He soon became one of the must popular percussionists in Miami working with artists such as Celia Cruz, Cachao, Rey Ruiz, Willy Chirino, Marisela Verena, Luis Enrique, Hector Tricoche, Luis Bofil, Jose Conde, Isaac Delgado, Paulo FG and Enrique Iglesias. He is a founding member of Grammy nominated band Tiempo Libre and recorded their first CD called Timbiando. Raymer also had the honor of recording on the Latin Grammy Award Winning CD, Fuzionando by Oscar de Leon.

In July 2003, Raymer joined producer Steve Roitstein and singer/songwriter Leslie Cartaya in their idea to create a musical group that would mix Afro-Cuban music with American Funk. Cartaya and Roitstein wrote the songs and asked fellow musicians Raymer Olalde, Philbert Armenteros and Ed Calle to join them in this musical trip. Together they came up with the record "This is Afrocuban Funk" catalogued by The New York Post as "Cuban music for the new generation". Today PALO! is one of the must popular groups in Miami, and this success has taken the group to other cities like Chicago, Boston and New York.

With many years of experience and the honor of playing with world-renowned musicians and bands, Raymer Olalde has become a master of the percussion. His energetic playing and amazing musicianship has won him an important place in the development of the Latin music scene today.