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Music, smile help El Salvador native transition to new life in Nacogdoches

Munguia Percussion is a place to find handmade box drums built by a new Nacogdoches resident. (Source: KTRE Staff) Munguia Percussion is a place to find handmade box drums built by a new Nacogdoches resident. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Enrique ‘Kike’ Munguia and  Catie Johnston Munguia were married a year ago in El Salvador, but their honeymoon is actually just now starting for the newlyweds.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Enrique ‘Kike’ Munguia and Catie Johnston Munguia were married a year ago in El Salvador, but their honeymoon is actually just now starting for the newlyweds. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The couple play the cajons (box drums) that Kike makes and plays. (Source: KTRE Staff) The couple play the cajons (box drums) that Kike makes and plays. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Munguia learned how to make the drums when they were difficult to find in his native country of El Salvador.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Munguia learned how to make the drums when they were difficult to find in his native country of El Salvador. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Moving to a new country comes with its challenges, but the transition is easier when there's a universal language. 

One new Nacogdoches resident uses his music and smile to connect with those around him.

The beat of a drum by Enrique Munguia, along with an infectious smile, naturally draws attention, especially from his bride, Catie Johnston Munguia. Catie Munguia first heard the multi-musical talents of her husband, whom she introduces as Kike, in El Salvador. That's his native country, where he played in clubs and at street festivals.

 The two met, fell in love and got married one year ago.  The honeymoon just got started a month ago when Kike arrived in Nacogdoches.  

"We were apart for eight months while we were waiting for everything to come thru for his visa,” Catie Munguia said.

Now the newlyweds are setting their future path. 

"Right now I learn English, right,” Enrique Munguia. “It's really important."

Music is helping Kike learn English, make friends, and develop connections for Munguia Percussion.

Kike's talent of building and playing two different kinds of box drums ...

"The name is cajon,” Enrique Munguia said. “The instrument was born in Peru."

One has a bass sound, and another has a snare hidden inside. Enrique Munguia has caught the ear of musicians in East and North Texas. The only time the drummer will be removing the wedding ring is when it's time to play. 

Munguia Percussion also crafts flutes and pan pipes.

"The name is zampona,” Enrique Munguia said.

Bamboo, PVC, and balsam wood provide the tone.

The physical education degree holder composes music reflecting his love for song and poetry. He finds musical notes rarely need interpretation.

"It's universal. Sometimes you can use some word, but some people don't understand or feel the same,” Enrique Munguia said. “When you play an instrument you can say everything."

Kike is hoping to connect with other musicians and possibly form a group. For now, he'll sing along with anyone, even if it's Polee, the couple's dog. 

Anyone interested in learning more about Munguia Percussion can go to the Facebook page.

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