AFRO-PERU​VIAN ​

MUSIC AND DANCE

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BIOGRAPHY

Marcos Augusto Napa Ormeño, born in Lima, Peru, has dedicated his career to Afro-Peruvian music and dance. As a child, he started as a dancer in the Ballet Peru Negrito, and in 1983, he made his debut as a professional percussionist in Ballet Perú Negro. Marcos performed with Perú Negro at notable international festivals in Peru, Mexico, Martinique, Panama and Chile.

After his time with Ballet Perú Negro, Marcos accompanied the Peruvian singer, Eva Ayllon. They performed in numerous concerts in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Between 1993 and 1997, he took part in recording and video taping productions entitled, "Gracias a la Vida", "Para Tenerte" and "25 Años 25 Exitos".

Marcos has also performed and recorded with many celebrated Peruvian artists including Juan Castro Nally, Cecilia Bracamonte, Lucila Campos, Mariela Valencia and Maria del Carmen Dongo.

In 1995, he founded Ebano Academy in Peru. Three years later, he traveled to the United States with a dream “to spread the rich Afro-Peruvian heritage”. In Miami he was invited to join the "Asi es mi Peru” Ballet as an instructor of Afro-Peruvian dance. In 2003, he opened the Ebano Academy in Paterson, New Jersey, which has presented workshops in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Marcos Napa currently teaches percussion and dance at Spanish for fun! and The Arts Center Carrboro.