What made me love the religion was the music

Pedrito Martinez is a world-class Afro-Cuban percussionist — a rumbero called upon by many jazz and pop stars when they need hand drumming, as well as a Grammy-nominated singing bandleader in his own right. He’s also a Santería priest.

We spoke with Martinez about his practice of the Afro-Cuban religion, and followed him to a private ceremony in The Bronx. “What made me love the religion was the music,” he told us.

Here, Jazz Night In America presents a short look at Pedrito Martinez, Santero.

Source: www.npr.org/event/music/463751101/pedrito-martinez-santero