Eduardo Martínez Arvilla was born in Cartagena, Colombia, a city rich with African, Spanish, and aboriginal cultures and traditions. His studies in Afro-Colombian drumming began as a young boy, immersed in his city’s oral history and music, learning drumming and gaita from some of the most respected and famous masters of the tradition, including Paulino Salgado (aka, Batata III) and Encarnación Tovar (aka, El Diablo). Eduardo continued his studies in music at the Institute of Fine Arts in Cartagena, practicing and refining his skills in Afro-Colombian music performance. As a workshop leader, he traveled around the world representing his country and culture, and has toured with many groups including Totó La Momposina, Petrona Martínez and Chelito de Castro. Eduardo is a current Master Artist for Alliance for California Traditional Arts.