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Who is Rebel Tumbao?


We are a movement in the making. Our platform is music for humanity and the message is simple: Rattle the cage and see to it that people are grooving, informed, and inspired to change the world.

Rebel Tumbao is the culmination of a journey that began back in 2002, when New Hampshire bred keyboardist, Matt Jenson approached Eddie Palmieri percussionist, José Claussell with the idea of putting together a revolutionary super-group. During their destined meeting the two discovered that they shared a vision to compose and perform deep-groove music, awaken souls and bring forth a new voice in the struggle for social and ecomomic justice. They immediately joined forces and went on to create an earthy distinctive sound based on Cuban, Jamaican and American urban roots music relevant to the emergency on planet earth.

The band is a tight unit of likeminded musicians that feature the amazing soulful voice of Toussaint “The Liberator” Yeshua. On April 4 2013, they went out onto the proving grounds of New York City and produced their first show at The Delancey on the Lower East Side, and were received by a packed house full of enthusiastic music lovers. Five months later, they produced their second show at Drom, to yet another packed house and On January 18th of 2014, they performed for nine hundred plus people at the SummerStage showcase with Yuma and Hurray for the Riff Raft. The show earned them the opportunity to perform a SummerStage concert with legendary Fania vocalist, Ismael Miranda and a booking at The Blue Note NYC on Sept 1st Labor Day, where they sold out the show and broke the record for a Monday late night series.

With their soon to be released debut recording and a continuum of live performances, Rebel Tumbao aspires to ignite a global movement in the struggle for a better world. Stay tuned for updates on Rebel Tumbao’s record release and upcoming performances.

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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.


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