Artist Profiles: Agustin Henke

Agustin Henke

Agustin Henke was born in Sevilla (Spain). He learned flamenco percussion at an early age with the prestigious Manueli Soler. Later on, he took part in shows such as “Por aquí te quiero ver” together with bailaores (dancers) Javier Baron, Israel Galvan or Rafael de Carmen, guitarist Pedro Sierra and the cantaora La Tobala. His most famous shows include La Tirana and Flamenco Republic by the María Pagés Company.

He has recorded with the greatest names in Spanish flamenco, and currently accompanies artists such as El Niño de Pura, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Pedro Sierra, Carmen Linares, Manolo Franco, Cantores de Híspalis, and Juana Amaya.

Besides the cajón, his remarkable adaptability endowed him with mastery of the jembe, the Indian tabla, and the crótalos (finger cymbals), while accompanying himself with a half drum kit, congas, pandero (frame drum), or even tinaja (clay pot).

Today, he is one of the most sought-for percussionists in Spain, both on stage and in recording studios.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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