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RealTracks Artist Bio: Alex Acuna


Alex Acuna is a Peruvian drummer and percussionist, in the Afro-Cuban jazz style. Acuña played in local bands from the age of ten. As a teenager he moved to Lima and became one of Peru's most accomplished session drummers, performing on many recording projects for artists, as well as film and television productions.

In 1974 Acuña moved to Las Vegas, working with artists such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, and the following year he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather Report, appearing on the albums Black Market and Heavy Weather. Acuña left Weather Report in 1978, and became a session musician in California, recording and playing live with many famous artists, including Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, U2, Carlos Santana, and many more. Alex's South American and Caribbean roots and understanding of contemporary and classical music make him a complete and skilled master musician. He has received many awards and honors including the Emeritus MVP award from NARAS (National Academy of Recording for the Arts and Sciences) and winner of the "Best Latin/Brazilian percussionist" of Modern Drummer's Readers Poll for five consecutive years.

You can follow him online here: https://www.facebook.com/alexacunamusic/.

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