Percussionist Mino Cinelu
is the son of a French mother and a father from Martinique. He took up the guitar as a child, but after visiting his father's island he turned to drums and percussion. He moved to England, then to America, where, in the early '80s, he began playing with Miles Davis
, which led him to an extensive career as a session player for jazz and pop artists. In July 2000, he released his self-titled debut solo album, on which he played most of the instruments, sang, produced, arranged, and wrote the songs.