ALBERTO LIMONTA "LIMON" PEREZ (percussion,congas,bata and vocals):
Creator of Afro Funk All Stars (Sabor Afrocubano(2011-2012) and Limon y Sentimiento Latino UK 2004-2010) features the world-renowned conga-playing of Alberto Limonta Perez aka "Limon", born in Havana, Cuba on September 21, 1966. Limon has spent his musical career of 30 years performing as a folkloric and popular dancer as well as vocalist and percussionist. His areas of expertise are the percussion and dance styles of rumba, Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition and the popular styles of salsa. Highly regarded in Cuba, he was a percussionist, chorus and solo vocalist with the legendary Havana rumba group Clave y Guaguanco. He is also an experienced music director, composer and choreographer. Limon and his wife, Inez, moved from Cuba to the U.K in 2004-2010 where Limon created his Latin Jazz groups "Limon y Sentimiento Latino" and "Cubaneando". Then they moved permanently to Fredericksburg, VA in November 2010 where he now teaches workshops in Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythm for adults and children as well as all Latin dances. Limon also performs originally choreographed dance performances for private functions and DJ's. His dream is to create authentic Cuban rumba here in the United States.
NIC SAM (keys and bass) is a multi-talented musician who has performed jazz, funk, Motown, gospel, and Latin jazz since the age of 17 in his family-managed jazz band, The Network. He plays keys and bass and probably has some other hidden instrumental talents that we've yet to discover! He is currently studying to become an audio engineer, and uses Afro Funk All Stars & former group Sabor Afrocubano as his guinea pig in creating and engineering audio files of soon-to-be released CDs to be sold on this Web site.
TOM BEAULIEU (guitar) is an accomplished guitarist, having studied and played the guitar for over fifteen years. He has performed in the Fredericksburg, VA area since 2005, covering a wide variety of musical genres: he first performed as an acoustic solo act, singing and playing contemporary American folk music which led way to playing acoustic gypsy-Americana swing style music with Stern Burling and the Burl Tones to the horn-driven funk rock sounds of Junk Science, then Hobo Scarecrow where he backed songwriter Brett Milstead on electric guitar. Tom is also currently a member of Ryan Meyer and Friends, a Central New York based recording studio band held together by the songwriting duo of Ryan Meyer and Sean Muldoon. They are set to release their full length debut CD by 2012. Along with playing guitar, Tom is a well-respected guitar instructor at Pickers Supply in Fredericksburg, VA since 2004. Bottom line? Tom is a dedicated guitar player and musician and at the heart of his musical passion is his deep love for improvisational music and American blues. He always strives to become a better musician, so stay tuned for some inspirational Latin vibrations from his guitar playing!
PERCY BURT (Bass,vocals)
From New York City and the Bronx, Percy is an accomplished Bassist with over 30yrs. experience playing with bands "Sprirtual Jazz", "Third Stream Giants", "Soul 360" and now is our newest member with Afro Funk All Stars.
His powerful rhythmic bass syle adds a new dimension as well as his wonderful personality to the Afro Funk Family.
Presently he lives in Fredericksburg, Va.
INEZ LIMONTA REGI (manager, videographer, photographer, promotions, and bookings) is at the heart of the Afro Funk All Stars/Sabor Afrocubano family with her good organization, people skills, and computer expertise (she designed her husband's web site at www.limon-afrocuba.com). A big part of her life involved traveling the world which includes over 10 years visiting Cuba and studying Cuban music, dance and the culture. While in Havana, Cuba, she was the Director of the rumba group, Tuku Mambila. Traversing the world from Cuba to the UK in 2004, she was the Band Manager of Limon y Sentimiento Latino Latin Jazz Group in Brighton UK and the Co-Director of Lucero Mundo, Alberto Limonta Perez’ music and dance workshops. Now in the U.S. since 2010, "Miss EYE-nez” (as we fondly refer to her here in the U.S.) is our favorite lady who helps keep us on track!
As the music grows and evolves so do the musicians and band members, new directions evolve and new band formations happen. So our first beloved U.S. band Sabor Afrocubano has now become Afro Funk All Stars still with the same original compositions by Limon but now with also many new ones. Always danceable and enjoyable for both Latin dancers and jazz lovers.