Magnus Almqvist began his musical journey at the age of 14 when he discovered the joy of playing the drums. He played in his first rock band as a teenager and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 1999. During his studies Magnus became interested in Latin American music and percussion. He choose to pursue his passion with a year’s study at the Centro Nacional Superior de Escuela de Arte in Havana, Cuba.
Since his return from the mythical island, Magnus has lived and played professionally all over the world with a variety of prominent artists and groups such as La Tremenda, Calle Real (in cooperation with Pauline, Stephen Simmons, Bebo Valdes and others), Stockholm Soneros with Cristina Ascui, Obbara ire, Pepe Espinosa y su Timbakó, Gilito y su Clave, Sammy Kasule & Makonde, Aphrodite, Shirley Bassey Peter Jezewski and friends, Cotton Club (in cooperation with Pernilla Wahlgren, Charlotte Pirelli, Sara Bareilles and others). Magnus has also taken part in numerous recordings with many groups and in a great variety of genres.
Besides working as a freelance musician live and in the studio, Magnus composes and produces a lot of “world music”, with a particular focus on Latin America. He also writes songs texts in Spanish, receiving many commissions for new texts and translations by other songwriters and performers.