Ricardo Amaya was born in Mexico City, and started playing bongos in 2001. The day he first picked up bongos, he had a gig on them that night! He was swept up in the African percussion movement in Mexico City, and brought that enthusiasm for West African drumming with him when he moved to Juarez, and eventually El Paso.
He met El Paso cinematographer Steve Osborne, also a drumming enthusiast, and was introduced to the emerging local African drumming scene, meeting future Double Drum Trio co-percussionist Erik Hickerson.
Ricardo is also an accomplished photographer, specializing in commercial work. His website is Ricardo Amaya Photographer.