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Daniel Diaz: Percussionist, Vocalist, and Creator of the Tripandero!

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Daniel Díaz is a skilled performer who plays percussion and sings. Along with his father and uncle, he invented the Tripandero, which allows him to play three tambourines (panderetas) at once.
As a right-handed player, Daniel found it challenging to keep the rhythm with both hands. However, he practiced hard and eventually mastered it. His first performance on a small stage in Old San Juan became a massive party with thousands of attendees. Someone in the crowd filmed the performance and posted the video on Facebook, which quickly went viral. To take advantage of its popularity, Daniel invested his savings to create a high-quality video for YouTube, which also became a viral sensation.
Singer, composer, and producer René Pérez, also known as “Residente,” saw Daniel’s video and invited him to his studio, where they recorded the song “Hijos del Canaveral.” This opportunity led to tours and a performance at the Latin Grammys, and everything exploded from there.
When Daniel was just eleven years old, he developed an interest in learning percussion. Without delay, his father enrolled him in classes with some of the best Puerto Rican percussionists on the island. Daniel also joined the school band and played in various bands, festivals, and parties.
Later, he attended a music school in Cupey, where he built lasting relationships with friends, colleagues, and teachers. These connections opened doors for him, leading to a tour in Mexico, which was a significant milestone in his career.
Daniel mainly performs in Puerto Rico and has not released records under his name to date. However, you can find several videos of him playing the Tripandero and collaborating with percussionist Jafet Murgia and others on YouTube, which has become a platform for emerging Puerto Rican artists like Norbert, the producer and host of “Sesiones Desde La Loma,” which I highly recommend.
Daniel Díaz es un hábil intérprete que toca la percusión y canta. Junto con su padre y su tío inventó el Tripandero, que le permite tocar tres panderos (panderetas) a la vez.
Como jugador diestro, a Daniel le resultó difícil mantener el ritmo con ambas manos. Sin embargo, practicó mucho y finalmente lo dominó. Su primera actuación en un pequeño escenario del Viejo San Juan se convirtió en una fiesta multitudinaria con miles de asistentes. Alguien entre la multitud filmó la actuación y publicó el vídeo en Facebook, que rápidamente se volvió viral. Para aprovechar su popularidad, Daniel invirtió sus ahorros en crear un vídeo de alta calidad para YouTube, que también se convirtió en una sensación viral.
El cantante, compositor y productor René Pérez, también conocido como “Residente”, vio el video de Daniel y lo invitó a su estudio, donde grabaron el tema “Hijos del Cañaveral”. Esta oportunidad le llevó a realizar giras y una actuación en los Latin Grammy, y todo explotó a partir de ahí.
Cuando Daniel tenía sólo once años, desarrolló su interés por aprender a tocar la percusión. Sin demora, su padre lo inscribió en clases con algunos de los mejores percusionistas puertorriqueños de la isla. Daniel también se unió a la banda de la escuela y tocó en varias bandas, festivales y fiestas.
Posteriormente, asistió a una escuela de música en Cupey, donde forjó relaciones duraderas con amigos, colegas y profesores. Estas conexiones le abrieron puertas, lo que lo llevó a realizar una gira por México, lo que supuso un hito importante en su carrera.
Daniel se presenta principalmente en Puerto Rico y hasta la fecha no ha publicado discos bajo su nombre. Sin embargo, puedes encontrar varios videos de él tocando el Tripandero y colaborando con el percusionista Jafet Murgia y otros en YouTube, que se ha convertido en una plataforma para artistas puertorriqueños emergentes como Norbert, el productor y presentador de “Sesiones Desde La Loma”, que altamente recomendado.
Visit Daniel Diaz y su Tripandero via Facebook
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief 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. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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