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Rikki Thomas-Martínez – solo artist

“…outstanding songwriter and one-man Latin band…”

“…alongside the greats of today’s international music scene…”

“ …a rousing passionate performer that gets everyone on the dance floor…”


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Rikki is a singer, guitar and harmonica player. His own original songwriting mixes with Latin and flamenco flavours. He has a solid repertoire of Latin standards and other songs.  He sings in Spanish, English and French. Rikki’s music is full of joy, sunshine, meaning and danceable rhythms.

He began his young musical career playing piano and trumpet, before moving over to the electric guitar as a teenager. But it was the sound, feel and honesty of the nylon string guitar that stole his heart.  He was mentored for many years in his mother’s hometown, Madrid by one of Spain’s leading flamenco masters, El Entri and made a film about him in 2004.

In recent years he has combined his guitar and voice with diatonic harmonicas bringing a whole new palette

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of colour to his music.  The use of harmonicas with an already unique rhythmic, powerful guitar style and singing voice makes him a veritable one-man orchestra.

Rikki is the lead singer, songwriter, guitar and harmonica player in his internationally renowned  band Mas Y Mas.  Mas Y Mas have played all over the world including, Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Dubai, Germany, Holland, Malaysia and China

He has recorded several albums, composed and recorded with the great Cuban rumba master Chaguito and the late Mequiades Fundora in Havana, Cuba.  Rikki music has appeared in films, on radio and TV.

Rikki teaches songwriting and composition at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.  He composes and performs shows for young people.  Rikki works with people of all ages and cultures, from very young children to elders, bringing joy, empowerment and involvement through his music.

His musical mission is to bring people together, to make people dance and move people through song.

To booking Rikki – please call +44 7988 430 145
or email using the contact box (click here)

 

SoloBaresca2 from Rikki Thomas-Martinez on Vimeo.

Rikki Thomas-Martinez plays Amor Amor Amor on TV from Rikki Thomas-Martinez on Vimeo.

 

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Testimonials

Rikki is not only a highly skilled musician but also an excellent communicator whose ability to engage, enthuse and transfer the value of music is second to none

Eva Vicente

It is my pleasure to write you a positive statement. We had a lovely time enjoying your wonderful music. We could have listened to at least another hour of your playing. One of your clients gave you ten stars rating and I can easily double that. It is not only the music but your polite and welcoming professionalism gave us the ease of communicating. Please keep up the good work and best of luck for the future.

H.G. Naoum

The performance was exactly what we hoped for. He created a fantastic atmosphere from mellow, laid back sounds to a rousing passionate performance that got everyone on the dance floor. Thank you! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

Duncan

 

Usual Performance:
2 x 45 min set
P.A. and Lights.
Background Latin music through PA

 

Sample Set List

Latin Covers:

En México – cumbia

Mochilón – cumbia

No Me Llores Más – son

Guantanamera – son

Chan Chan – son

Guajira – guajira

Tiburón – cumbia

La Bamba

Oye Como Va

El Cuarto de Tula

Bamboleo

Los Peces en El Rio – rumba

Suavecito – boogaloo

Volando Voy – rumba

Siento – rumba

Canción Mixteca – mexican ballad

Feliz Navidad – Latin carol

Gracias A La Vida – ballad

Adiós Mama – cumbia

Put Me in Jail – boogaloo

Original Songs:

Por Que – guajira

Respétame – afrobeat

Agárrate – guajra

Mendigo – salsa

La Miel – bossanova

Marinero – waltz

Agua – reggae/cumbia

Zapatero – cumbia

Juana – cumbia

Palabras – rumba

Bosque de La Rumba – rumba

Que Me Voy – reggae/cumbia

Carlos Y María – rumba/salsa

De Que Color – salsa

La Envidia – rumba/salsa

Mira mira – rumba/salsa

Amiguito – bossanova

La Voz – Latin/celtic

Mujer de La Luna – flamenco

Por Ella – ska

Madre Selva – rumba

La Bala – afrobeat

Ojala – flamenco

Cántame – rumba/salsa

Did She Pass This Way – cumbia

Calles de Altea – guajira

Covers in English: 

All Along the Watchtower

I Shall be Released

Banana Boat Song

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome

Summertime

Ain’t No Sunshine

Chico and The Man

Three Little Birds

Waiting in Vain

Crazy Baldhead

Crisis