Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón, cajón
A master percussionist and zapateo dancer, Maestro Huevito hails from Pamplona Alta, Lima, Peru. He has performed and toured internationally with Afro-Peruvian music luminaries and played and composed for Eva Ayllón, Peru Negro, Lucila Campos, Guajaja and la Peña Don Porfirio. A member of Peru’s legendary Lobatón family, Huevito began developing his skills at the age of four watching his father’s dance troupe rehearse in their living room. He is considered the world’s leading authority on Peruvian zapateo dancing, a three-time National Champion, and one of the most virtuosic percussionists of his generation. Huevito’s distinctive approach to the cajón, quijada (jawbone) and cajita in a jazz context has made him a pioneer among Afro-Peruvian percussionists. He is often considered “the best cajón player in the world.” He is a founding member and an essential component of Gabriel Alegriá’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet since 2005. Huevito has also appeared as guest artist on stage and in recordings with The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and in hundreds of recordings and broadcasts throughout Perú.