Juan Abel Martinez Mendez
Juan Abel “Abelito” is one of the best percussionists in the Dominican Republic. Born in San Felipe, Abelito studied percussion from a young age under the tutelage of the renowned percussionist, Professor Almanza. He then enrolled in the Luis E. Mena Academy, where he studied with Professor Caonabo, among others. Abelito began playing bachata at the end of the 1970s, playing the guira and bongos for Junior and Jorge, Nelson Paredes, and then joined Los Hermanos Paredes, led by the legends of bachata. Abelito was a founding member of Monchy and Alexandra, a Grammy nominated group and winner of multiple Billboard music awards. Abelito has gone to play and record with almost all known bachata artists. Currently, he plays and toured extensively with several groups, including the band of Zacarias Ferreras.