MANUEL AREGULLIN BIO
Aregullin was born in Saltillo, Cuahuila, Mexico in
1975 to a Mexican father and African-American mother. From his
mother’s gifted lineage he was exposed to the magic of music through
his grandfather, the celebrated jazz saxophonist, Red Holloway. |
When he was a year old he lost his eyesight to Retino Blastoma. In 1980 his mother relocated the family to Tucson, Arizona so that her son could attend the acclaimed Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
|Here he was taught skills of independence
and given the foremost education
available to the visually impaired. The pull of his natural musical
penchant and swinging sense of rhythmmagnetized his existence toward
constant pursuits in the study and performance of music. His hunger for
knowledge provides him with a
philosophy that learning is never finished. That philosophy,
by patience and stability make him an understanding and enthusiastic
1981 to 1985 - Private piano studies with Barbara Baron beginning at age 6.
1985 to present - First captivated by the rhythm in spoken word, at age 10, he began an arduous discipline of self studies in rap and hip-hop.
1987 to 1991 - Private studies in Drum Set from age 12 to age 16.
1987 to 1993 - Dedicated member of School Choir he participated in regional and state choir competitions, receiving recognition awards as soloist.
1991 to 1993 - Private studies in drum set under the tutelage of his uncle, James Holloway. During this period at the age of 16, he began working as drummer for the Rising Star Southern Baptist Church.
1992 - Recipient of the African American Honors Convocation Award for achievements in the arts.
1992 to 1993 - In high school using the Hip-Hop stage name "Emcee Outasite" performed at school student body events and private functions.
1996 to 1997 - At age 21 joined a Motown band as sound engineer, rapper and backup singer, later becoming the drummer for the same band.
1997 - Began studies in Latin percussion with focus on conga drumming.
1998 to present - Participates in the annual Afro-Cuban percussion workshops and performances in Arcata, California.
Sept. 1999 - Through a cultural arts exchange program he traveled to Havana, Cuba where he studied conga drumming and Lucumi song forms.
2000 – Private studies with Cuban percussionist Roberto Viscaino.
2001 – Attended the Berklee College of Music summer World Percussion Workshop.
2001 & 2005 - Accompanied “The Slackers,” a nationally known New York Ska band in performance.
2001 - Accompanied “Ozomatli,” an internationally known Hip-Hop/ world music dance band in performance.
2001 to Present - Board Member/Volunteer with The Sovereign Arts Society on several projects involving educational outreach presentations and performances. He acts as interpreter and assistant for master artists in numerous workshops and clinics and participates as percussionist and musical director in SAS performances.
2002 to Present - Founded an Afro-Cuban folklore ensemble Ritmo BaCheChe in Tucson, Arizona. Acting as Musical Director, vocalist and percussionist, he has led the ensemble in several collaborative projects with local and visiting artists in a variety of theatrical and musical performances.
2003 – Private studies with Cuban percussionist, Ramon Sandy Perez, Miguel Bernal Nodal, Juan de Dios
2004 – Recorded original sound track for Caribbean travel promotional video for Yuma Productions.
Jan 3 –17 2005 – In cultural exchange study program traveled to Matanzas, Cuba where he studied percussion and song with Los Munequitos de Matanzas, a world acclaimed Afro-Cuban folkloric ensemble.
May 2005– Present – Singer and percussionist with Tucson area ensemble, Reggae Blue.
July 2006 – Present – Ongoing instruction in Latin percussion at Poppies Musical Instruments offering classes to youth and adults.
2002 – Present – Ongoing classes in Afro-Cuban folklore percussion and song through Sovereign Arts Society cultural programming.
2007 – January 15 –29 –studied Afro-Cuban folklore music in Matanzas with Los Munequitos de Matanzas, focusing on congas, bata, shekere and song.