Born in Camagüey, Cuba, of Haitian parents, Mel Semé began his musical career in the Baptist church of his town hand in hand with his brothers and in the company of older musicians who played a kind of Latin gospel influenced by the missionaries who often came to Cuba from the southern United States. At an early age he began his interest in composition and the approach to multiple instruments among which the guitar, piano and drums stood out.
After graduating from the University of Music of Havana and becoming a member of the Havana Symphony Orchestra and the Camagüey Symphony Orchestra, he spent some time in Lichtenstein and Switzerland where he taught percussion and interpretation courses. Then he toured Europe with different musical projects (Jane Bunnet, David Virelles, Master Fatman, among others) in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, and Denmark, where he lived for a while and where he broadened his musical knowledge by sharing the stage with musicians of the Scandinavian scene. Since 2003 he lives in Barcelona.
Mel Semé has shared the stage with: Youssou Ndour, Steward Copeland, Kymani Marley, Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicholas Payton, Steve Coleman, Fito Paez, Damien Rice among others... He is leader of the group Black Gandhi and participates in projects such as Man Ex Maqina, Barcelona Percussion Project or Skyland.
He is currently touring actively with his band Gone Gone Beyond and is the drummer of the Bardia Charaf Quartet.