|Enildo Rasúa was born in Guantánamo, Cuba, the very cradle of son and salsa. Raised in surroundings where music and culture played an important role, it is hardly surprising that he began his musical studies at the tender age of 6, with classes in violin and musical theory, and would later
obtain his Intermediate Level of Music qualification. His high grades meant a recommendation to
study high school in the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte, the same institution where other
celebrated Cuban musicians, among them saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and trumpet player Arturo
Sandoval, also studied. He finished his musical studies in the very well-known Universidad de las
Artes de Cuba (I.S.A.), where he graduated in Symphonic Percussion, Pedagogy and Popular
Music, and where he was also a professor.
During an intense pedagogic career, he has given classes to musicians as famous as
Arturo Stable, Ramses Rodriguez Baralt (Chucho Valdés), Julio Barreto (Gonzalo Rubalcaba) and
Raúl Pineda (Grupo Síntesis). From the mid-80s and in the 90s, he combined teaching in Havana’s
most important professional music schools with the practice of his abilities as solo and accompanist
percussionist in the RTV Orquesta Nacional. He was also a frequent collaborator in the Orquesta
Sinfónica Nacional and in the Orquesta de la Ópera. As a drummer he formed part of the Cabaret
Tropicana, world famous for having presented artists as renowned as Nat King Cole, Libertad
Lamarque or Josephine Baker.
Due to his deep knowledge of the musical syllabus, between 1986 and 1989 he was
repeatedly asked to collaborate with the Asesoría Nacional de Percusión de Cuba, for which he
carried out pedagogic inspections and gave methodology classes. He also took part in the design of
new percussion teaching programmes in Cuba at both Intermediate and Bachelor Level of Music.
In 1995 he relocated to Barcelona, Spain, where he further consolidated his career teaching
in important professional centres and collaborating with a number of Spanish and French
universities. He ended up founding his own school in Barcelona. The rapid growth of his talent did
not pass unnoticed in the musical world, and he was invited to take part in the World Percussion
Encounters in Barcelona, along with such famous Flamenco artists as Carles Benavent (Paco de
Lucía Quartet) and the guitarist Chicuelo. He also collaborated with Joaquín Cortés Ballet Flamenco
company and with the Gelabert-Azzopard contemporary dance company.
His constant striving to further investigate and better himself has led him to carry out indepth
research projects and to publish numerous didactic works that are both admired and
respected by such key percussion figures as Alex Neciosup Acuña, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio
“El Negro”, Terry Bozzio, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. and Elliot Fine. Thanks to his great talent, his
perseverance has been crowned with the creation of the innovative “The Third Hand” technique,
where three drumsticks are used to play percussion and drum set instruments at the same time.