The Austin 100: Hector 'Coco' Barez A go-to percussionist who's become a staple of Puerto Rican music — he spent a decade playing with Calle 13 — Hector "Coco" Barez never seems to stop moving.
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The Austin 100: Hector 'Coco' Barez

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Hector "Coco" Barez.

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Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Genre: Jazz

Why We're Excited: A go-to percussionist who's become a staple of Puerto Rican music — he spent a decade playing with Calle 13 and has popped up in Tiny Desk concerts twice, once with Bio Ritmo and once with Miramar — Hector "Coco" Barez never seems to stop moving. He's an educator, a musical ambassador, a busy session musician and, as of 2017, a solo artist whose joyfully infectious, endlessly varied debut album is titled El Laberinto del Coco.

Listen to Hector 'Coco' Barez's "Plere Maria (feat. Chamir Bonano)"

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