Photo Credit: Drummerworld


Luis Conte’s genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with the American necessities of American pop music. His long and varied career has included numerous Hollywood film scores and mega-successful albums with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao, and a multitude of other artists too numerous to mention.

Born in Santiago, Cuba, Luis spent the first 15 years of his life soaking up the rich musical heritage of “El Son” and Carnival. "Life in Cuba is all about enjoying life, and music is central to that lifestyle," Luis says. "Music is almost like food to Cuban people.” While immersed in the music of his native Cuba, Luis also developed a passion for Rock & Roll, R&B soul music, jazz, and the Beatles.

At 15, looking for freedom, Luis emigrated to Madrid, Spain. He soon had another opportunity to travel, this time to Hollywood. In California, Luis stayed with a cousin and attended Hollywood High School, playing guitar in numerous rock bands throughout his teens.

After high school, Luis met John Monteallegre, who reunited him with Cuban drums at LA City College. By the time he was 18, Luis was intensely interested in drumming and took every opportunity to play and to learn, drawing his inspiration from a deep source of rhythm absorbed during his youth in Cuba.

Since then, Luis has become one of the most respected and recorded percussionists in the world.


2012     Dr. Seuss' The Lorax     John Powell     Latin Percussion
2012     Ice Age: Continental Drift [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Powell     Latin Percussion
2011     Happy Feet Two [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell     Latin Percussion
2011     Rise of the Planet of the Apes     Patrick Doyle     Ethnic Percussion
2010     Predators [Original Soundtrack]     John Debney     Percussion
2009     Duplicity [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     James Newton Howard     Percussion
2009     Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen -- The Score     Steve Jablonsky     Percussion
2008     Hancock [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell     Percussion
2008     Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns         Percussion
2007     Grand Central     Jeff Golub     Main Personnel, Percussion, Tambourine
2007     Hairspray [2007 Original Soundtrack]         Percussion
2007     Ocean's Thirteen     David Holmes     Percussion
2007     Smokin' Aces [Original Motion Picture Score]     Clint Mansell     Latin Percussion, Rhythm Section
2006     The Lost City [Original Soundtrack]         Congas, Marimba, Percussion, Vocals
2005     Mr. & Mrs. Smith [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Powell     Percussion
2003     Brother Bear         Percussion
2003     Daredevil [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Percussion
2003     Gigli [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Powell     Percussion
2003     The Italian Job (2003) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)     John Powell     Percussion




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