About the Artist: PEDRO el Poeta
Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Pedro was born with poetry laced into his bloodstream. At an early age some of his family members began calling him “Darillito,” after the great Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, due to his love of reading, reciting, and writing poetry. He grew up in the Washington D.C. area and spent most of his life on stage, whether performing in choir, theatre, dance, Hip Hop, or poetry. Coming to the US, he learned English by listening to Rap and Hip Hop artists, like Bone Thugs N Harmony, setting the foundation for his seemingly effortless rhythmical freestyle future.
Now a resident of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Pedro has behind him a long list of accomplishments in the spoken word world, including opening for Russel Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam” at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; organizing the first local poetry-based Ticket Master event in Tampa Bay ("Foolish State") with his troupe of artists, known as the Nation of Poetry; as well as planning, hosting, and performing at various venues around the Bay area and beyond state and country lines as well. Amongst many, he has done shows through the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg, where he hosted a monthly poetry and mixed medium open mic night, a yearly week+ long poetry festival called “Say What,” celebrating the Spoken Word, and is one of the places where he has put on a few original Spoken Word plays.
Pedro has experience in film in addition to his extensive spoken word work and theatre. He has appeared as the likeness of Christ in Martita Contreras’ film installation, “Via Crucis.” He provided original lyrics and vocals as part of the Purple Burble for Bob Barancik’s acclaimed film “Torn Asunder,” which has traveled the country winning awards in independent film festivals, such as the D.C. Indie Film Festival in the US capital 2008. "Torn Asunder is a fascinating short film with thought-provoking content relevant for this period of political unrest. It's well-crafted with an impressionistic collage of images and a potent sound track designed to heighten the message…This award-winning little film could become one of the most watched films on the internet." Thomas Baker, Ph.D., Coordinator, Accolade Competition. For more awards, information, and to view the film, check out: http://www.creativeledge.com
Pedro seamlessly made his way into a more Hip Hop- focused career in 2008, though he was not new to the scence. He has performed for radio stations, art galleries, coffee shops, bars and clubs in Colorado, Maine, Florida, and Nicaragua. Currently, Pedro hosts and performs in a monthly Hip Hop show at Smokey’s Bar and others on the beach in beautiful San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. He can be heard making guest appearances on Radio Rumbo in Rivas, Nicaragua or WMNF in Tampa, Florida.