“Sitarbassis a perfect fit for me. While the bass remains my central instrument, I'm a dedicated student of Indian Classical Music, both Carnatic and Hindustani traditions. Sitarbass seamlessly integrates these influences, allowing me to adapt the intricate techniques and artistic approaches of the Veena and the Sitar to an instrument I'm deeply familiar with. Beyond its exceptional sound as an electric bass, Sitarbass offers an exciting avenue for creative exploration."
Rafael Marcelino, also known as Rama X’icam, is a Mexican multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer His musical journey began in Querétaro, Mexico, where he initiated his formal studies. Further honing his skills, Marcelino pursued advanced studies in bass in Madrid, Spain, and received his middle degree in modern music by Escuela de Musica Creativa. He continued his musical studies in the Netherlands, earning a Bachelor's degree in World Music Bass at the Rotterdam Conservatory (CODARTS). In addition to his instrumental expertise, Marcelino delved into the intricate art of Konnakkol (Carnatic vocal percussion) studying under the tutelage of Shri Vidwan Somashekar Jois, ultimately becoming a certified Konnakkol performer and teacher.
As a versatile performer, composer, and arranger, he has graced prestigious stages worldwide, collaborating with renowned musicians and contributing to numerous musical and audiovisual projects.
Beyond his musical pursuits, Marcelino co-founded the Pakinda methodology, an innovative educational approach that blends music and storytelling to foster children's skills. He is also an active educator at "Konnakol Mexico," affiliated with the esteemed "World Konnakkol Academy LLP," specializing in vocal percussion in the Carnatic classical tradition.
Marcelino's innovative approach to music extends to the creation of the Tzolkatl genre/ methodology, where he seamlessly merges Prehispanic roots with global music elements. Recognized for his creative prowess, he received a grant from "FONCA" (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico) in the musical composition category.
Today, Rafael Marcelino remains an influential and active figure in the music world, with ongoing projects and creative initiatives.