• Papo Ross

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Papo Ross was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. At age 18, he became musical director to his first professional group known as Orquesta La Moderna of San Pedro; a few years later he was acting as the musical director of Sui Generis. Later on, he founded a group by the name of Sony’s Power, and soon his reputation spread over the island where he had the opportunity to play on many occasions with some of the best musicians in the country like July Mateo Rasputin, Marcos Caminero, Sergio Vargas, Ruby Perez, and others. Papo sites among his many musical influences Felix Del Rosario, Johny Ventura, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Rivera, Celia Cruz, Wildrido Vargas etc…


Papo Ross moved to Montreal in 1990 to serve as a musical director for another Dominican group in the city. In April 1992 he founded Pambiche. Since then, this 13-piece powerhouse has established itself as a leader of Canada’s latin music scene with its grooving’ Afro-Latin rhythms deeply rooted in the Caribbean. Papo Ross & Orquesta Pambiche has performed over 500 concerts and have received rave reviews for theirs shows at the International Hispanic Fiesta (Toronto), Montrea; iOyé! Series, the 1994 Detroit / Montreux Jazz Festival and for 4 explosive performances in front of 20,000 people at the 1993, 94, 96 and 99 editions of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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