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Ismael Cancel Villafane was born at the Doctor's Hospital in Puerto Rico, on December 26, 1978. Ismael is at present one of the most competent, active and trained musicians from a new generation of young Puerto Rican drummers and percussionists; with vast experience in Brazilian and African-Cuban music, as well as folkloric Bomba and Plena. He has been constantly contributing and representing Puerto Rican folk, through presentations in very prestigious events, both, within and outside Puerto Rico, including performances of his native music, as well as other genres such as Jazz and Pop. In addition to being a renown excellent drummer and percussionist, he also does lead, second and backing vocals.
His artistic career climbed a new footstep on 2005, when he was made part of Calle 13, as drummer, percussionist, and backing vocal. To date the band has conquered 10 Latin Grammys, including Album of the year In 2009, and one American Grammy. As a member of Calle 13, he has been on stage with many of the finest top artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Mana, Nelly Furtado, Ruben Blades, Gustavo Santaolalla, Cafe Tacvba and Orishas, among many others.
At the time, he is simultaneously working on the creation of Puerto Rico's first percussion school, Calle 13's next album, and of course, continuing his studies in percussion. This all evidences once more that Ismael Cancel Villafane is one of today's most active and promising drummers in Puerto Rico, The Island of Enchantment.