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Adolfo 'Fofi' Lancha
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Sabado Gigante (TV Show)
  • Country: United States

Born in Cuba Adolfo "Fofi" Lancha became mesmerized at an early age by the rhythms of the comparsa on the streets of Cuba. After seeing "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard, Fofi knew drumming would be his lifelong ambition, and by 1961 Fofi had relocated to New York City. One night his father took Fofi to see Gene Krupa outside the Metro-pol Cafe. It was truly a life changing event as the next day his father bought him his first drum kit; a Rogers kit which Fofi still owns.

Fofi studied for three years at Henry Adler Music School at 47th Street. By age seventeen he was offered his first paying gig with a rock band at the New York Sheraton Hotel at 34th Street. During this time Fofi performed with the well-known writer/singer Valerie Simpson and recorded his first single with the gospel soul group Reflections. In 1973 Fofi relocated to Miami studying at Miami Dade Community College and taking private lessons. By that time word started getting around in the Latin community about "this kid with rock chops". Chirino, considered the father of Miami Sound in the 70's and 80's, took Fofi under his wing. . While studying in Florida, Fofi recorded and worked with Spanish artists such as Celia Cruz, Gloria Stefan, Jon Secada and Julio Iglesias. The early 90's saw projects with Bobby Keys and Mick Taylor of the the Stones in a band called Tumbling Dice and KC and the Sunshine Band.

Since 1986 Fofi has been the house drummer for the number one Spanish television show on Univision Network "Sabado Gigante International". And if that was not enough, Fofi was asked to play on a second show that is similar to Late Night with David Letterman called "Don Fransiciso Presents". Even with both shows on his plate, Fofi continues to teach and record.

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