Born in Lima, Peru, Marcos has dedicated his career to Afro-Peruvian music and dance. As a child, he started as a dancer in the Ballet Peru Negrito, and in 1983, he made his debut as a professional percussionist in Ballet Perú Negro. In 1995, he founded Ebano Academy in Peru. Three years later, he traveled to the United States with a dream “to spread the rich Afro-Peruvian heritage.” In 2003, he opened the Ebano Academy in Paterson, New Jersey, which has presented workshops in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Marcos currently teaches percussion and dance at The Arts Center in Carrboro.
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