Emedin Rivera was born in the Bronx

NY, and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He started playing the bongos at the age of 8, and his exposure and passion for music came from his father and uncle who both played in a trio in Puerto Rico.

Emedin has a unique and creative ability to incorporate and blend his latin Caribbean african influences into a vast array of musical styles. Emedin has developed his own system of playing drums and congas simutaneously, (sounding like three people), calling it "Percussion Kit". Emedin is well known for his sound effects, many of which are hand made by him. They can be heard on some of the National Geographic shows.

Emedin has also won five Emmy Awards - The America Experience (PBS) and Picture Perfect (PBS).

Emedin has performed live with Harry Belafante, Gregory Hines, Paquito De Rivera, Vicky Sue Robinson, Angela Bofill, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E King, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentine, Andy Narell, Latoya Jackson, David Broza. Emeline Michel and Bernie Williams just to name a few.

He has recorded live with Larry Coryell, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Nelson Rangell, Harry Belafonte, Maria Schneider, Rick Cua, Denise Williams, Albert Castiglia ( Keeping on). Emeline Michel ( Reine de Coeur). Blues Council ( Let the Healing Begin). Paula Atherton (Inter Play). Lou Watson ( Taking a Chance on Love). Thos Shipley ( My Favorite Things). Clyde Criner ( The Color of Dark) and many others.

Emedin has also played on a few movie soundtracks, such as Sixteen Blocks, Tough Turf, End of Night and more. Emedin's commercial credits are Anheiser Bush, Mercedes Benz, Visa, Seven Up, Crest Tooth paste and more.

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Emedin Rivera

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Conga Toms



Stevie Wonder, Sting, Harry Belafonte, Latoya Jackson,
Ace of Base, Gregory Hines, Maxwell, Eileen Ivers
Paquito De Rivera, Noel Pointer, Milira,
Gato Barbieri, Vicky Sue Robinson, Cristina Pegoraro,
Jon Lucien, Cheo Feliciano, Rick Cua,
Dave Valentine, Marion Meadows, Mary Wilson,
Dave Samuels, Michael Bolton, Tom Brown,
George Howard, Triplets, Roland Vazquez,
Angela Bofiel, Andy Narell, Menudo,
Ben E. King, Gloria Gaynor, The System,
Lucesita Benitez, Bob Baldwin, Charro
David Broza, Emeline Michel, Bernie Williams.
Lucie Arnaz, Martin Short

Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Eileen Ivers, Marion Meadows,
Bob James, Milira, Noel Pointer,
Harry Belafonte, Clyde Criner, Top Priority,
Chuck Mangione, Members Only Jeans, Wendelboe,
Roland Vazquez, The Belmonts, Jeanine Carter,
Tom Brown Percussion, Works NYC, Baysix,
Nelson Rangell, Black Ivory, Top Banana,
Sweet Sensation, Bob Halligan, Jr. Bob Baldwin,
Kim Pensyl, Joanie Madden, Rick Cua,
Tommy Igoe, Sachi Hayasaka, Maria Schneider,
Kim Waters, Liz Carroll, Gary Valente,
The Quinn Brothers, Joseph Diamond, Sean Harkness,
John Fedchock, Bob Devos, Gary Morgan,
Ann Hampton, Callaway, Vieux Diop, Bakiti Kumalo,
Veronica Martell, Pura Fe,
Ed Palermo Big Band (Take
Your Clothes Off When You Dance); Nina Simone (A
Very Rare Evening);
Rob Fried (Wind Songs); Denise
Williams (Love Niecy Style);
Doug Hartline (Simple Gifts);
Catherine Dupuis (The Rules Of The Road);
Albert Castiglia ( Keeping on). Emeline Michel ( Reine de Coeur).
Blues Council ( Let the Healing Begin). Paula Atherton (Inter Play).
Lou Watson ( Taking a Chance on Love).
Thos Shipley ( My Favorite Things). Clyde Criner ( The Color of Dark).
Blues Counsel, Gregory Telfort - Kita Nago

David Letterman, CBS Morning Show, National Geographic,
Joan Rivers, Harry Belafonte, PBS Special,
Show Time at the Apollo, Della Ventura,
New York PBS, Boston Pops,
BET Studio Jams

Tough Turf, End of the Night, 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis

Modern Percussion, Modern Drummer, Christian Musicians Magazine, Paiste Magazine


Anheiser Bush, Mercedes Benz, Visa, Seven-UP, Crest Toothpaste

Vic Firth - Drumsticks
Paiste - Cymbals
L.P Latin Percussion
Evans - Drumheads!
Jimmy Lento - Triplet Drum Glove
Matthew Smith - Drums

TRS Drums

Emedin has also won (five) Emmy Awards:

1.  The American Experience (PBS)
2.  Picture Perfect (PBS)
3.  Pistol Pete (CBS)
4.  The Curse of the Bambino (HBO)
5.  Nine Innings from Ground Zero (HBO)

made by Emedin called EM-RAYS.
EM - RAYS The LATEST in Bongo Heads.
No more breaking Bongo Heads.
EM-RAYS are made of a strong DOUBLE-PLY PLASTIC that will
Last Longer than any ordinary head.
Moisture, Heat nor Cold will affect the quality of the sound.
Once tuned, they
never need tuning again.
also produce an excellent sound for recordings
Emedin has also invented the Cyclone Shaker.
It won Best of Show at the 09' Namm Show

For more information about the
EM-RAYS Bongo Head
and the Cyclone Shaker,
or to purchase one,
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