As painted by Mendive
Recently formed a group: New Moon
Contacting Danilito Perez
Danilito Photo Gallery
Dancer, Choreographer, and Professor
"I was born to a family completely full of folkloric traditions and AfroCuban customs, the Villamil family, from which come the greater part of the rumbero singers, percussionists, and dancers in the province of Matanzas within this new generation -- Muñequitos, Afrocuba, Afrocaribeño and other groups.
Aside from being dancer, I am religious:
I have participated in important events, at both the national and international level. In my 15 year career, my first experience as a professional was with Afrocuba de Matanzas, where I was solo dancer for 7 years. I worked with master painter Manuel Mendive as a model for African figure painting and thereby made my first international tours [see photo above, taken in Italy].
Then I went into the fields of choreography and acting. My first work was Olla y Obitico, where I held one of the principal roles and danced solo. A year later I started to set up the choreography for a group called Afro Caribeño, which was no less than the alliance of popular dance and music raised up the level of a sophisticated Afro spectacle.
After 3 years as choreographer of Afro Caribeño, I began to dance in cabaret shows with a group called Panorama Antillano. Still later, I continued with my studies of our Yoruba religion.
I would like to have an interechange with people who are interested in helping to preserve our traditional AfroCuban culture, as in the languages of
We need this now that these traditions are being lost here in the Province of Matanzas, which is where there was the most settling of Afro culture. And for lack of communications we will lose more. This depends on you, my friends."
-- Danilo Perez Herera, Matanzas, August 1997
Luna Nueva - New Moon
|Danilito Perez||director, choreographer
|Danilito Perez Sr||percussion, formerly of Los Muñequitos|
|Lilian Oviedo Aldama||dance, formerly of Afrocuba|
|Yurien Garcia Perez||dance, sister of Sandy Perez|
||voice, mother of Teresa Pollero of the Conjunto Folklorico|
|Daniel Alfonso Herrera||percussion, Los Tambores de Chacha|
|Omar Alfonso||percussion, son of Jesus Alfonso, of Los Muñequitos|
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