It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Vilera. A gifted percussionist, musical director, and long-time inhabitant of Miami, Florida, Vilera passed away on Friday, November 11, 2022 after a long battle with illness. The precise cause of death has not yet been determined, but according to online resources, Vilera was experiencing septic shock, which impacted the functioning of numerous organ systems.
Tycoon Percussion, who Vilera worked with closely over the years, posted a message on Facebook announcing his passing. In it, they spoke of his immense talent and passion for music, as well as his kind and gentle nature. They also announced a fundraising effort in his honor, which was intended to raise $20,000 to help cover his medical expenses. However, due to the overwhelming response from the community, the fundraiser has already reached $100,665.
About Robert Vilera
Robert Vilera is a world-renowned musician and percussionist, hailing from Caracas, Venezuela. From a young age, Vilera was exposed to Afro-Cuban and Venezuelan rhythms through his father, who was a well-known percussionist in his own right.
This exposure led to Vilera receiving instruction and encouragement on the timbale through his adolescent years.
Then he joined the well-known musical group Oscar D’Leon, which gave him extensive global exposure.
After all this too he did not sticked with just the timbale, Vilera began playing various other percussion instruments, including congas, bongos, drum set, djembe, cajon, and more.
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His mastery of these instruments is unmatched, and his technique has won him numerous honors and 30 Grammy nominations over the course of his career.
In addition to his solo work, Vilera has also collaborated with a plethora of well-known musicians, including Paul Simon, Shakira, and many others.
Vilera will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His passion for music touched the lives of many and his memory will live on through his work.