Category Archive: Artist

NG La Banda

NG la Banda was formed in 1988 by Jose Luis Cortes “flutist who had acquired much of their training in two of most charismatic Cuban bands of the twentieth century: Los Van Van and Irakere. With this experience Jose Luis Cortes also known as “El Tosco” formed a group that has always been characterized by…

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Manolín ‘El Médico de la Salsa’

A controversial person, Manuel González Hernández, better known as Manolín el Doctor de la Salsa, is a graduated physician turned singer and composer, who had his first impact as a guest singer with NG La Banda. Despite not having a trained voice, his stage presence and skill as a composer soon won him a place…

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Pedro Calvo

Pedro Calvo is a popular Cuban singer sometimes affectionately nicknamed Pedrito, meaning “little Pedro”. He is most famous for his stint with Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s premier dance bands, which he joined in 1968. During the late 1990s Calvo formed part of the infamous lead singing trio of Los Van Van along with…

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La Cuba Ritmo

‘La Cuba Ritmo’ sound created by Gabriel Fonseca has been taking the salsa dance floors by storm … Bandleader, Cuban violinist Gabriel Fonseca, studied violin at the National School of Music in Havana before joining the Santiago De Cuba Philharmonic Orchestra. He later went on to play with two of Cuba’s famous salsa bands, Original…

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Pupy y los Que Son Son

The musical quality of César (Pupy) Pedroso is more that demonstrated. It’s a reason for his permanence in two of the most important Cuban dance bands: he’s one of key founding members of Elio Revé’s Charangón and Los Van Van. César “Pupy” Pedroso is one of the key figures not only in Timba, but in…

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Juan Formell y los Van Van

Los Van Van is one of the most important and influential bands in the history of 20th century Cuban pop music. Though the 1990’s were pervaded by groups that mixed folkloric and traditional music with the musical trends of the day, and the beginning of the 21st century saw that process go even farther, in…

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Klimax (Giraldo Piloto)

Among those strongly innovating Cuban son excels Klimax, the group created by Giraldo Piloto Baretto. Nephew of the great percussionist Guillermo Baretto, Giraldo Piloto recognizes his uncle’s style and touch as the main influence and the spine of his music. A music which is charancterized above all by its jazzy accent, not in the way…

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Sur Caribe

Sur Caribe Orchestra Sur Caribe is a Santiago de Cuba-born group, approaching popular danceable music, which received this name because of the geographic situation of this beautiful city, located at the south of the island and soaked by warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The orchestra and Ricardo Leyva, its current director, joined their destinies…

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Haila Maria Mompié González

Haila is one of the best Cuban music interpreters and also one of the most outstanding soneras of her generation. She was born in January 289, 1974 in Las Tunas, oriental province of our country, daughter of an amateur singer and an stylist, she felt devotion for music since her early years, although started at…

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Paulito FG

Paulito FG is considered a great musician, an all round artist who has build up his career with great intelligence, unquestionable amount of talent and artistic devotion in each performance. Paulo Alfonso Fernandez Gallo, was born in Havana City, at the age of 19, he started taking clarinet classes in the conservatorium Ignacio Cervantes. The…

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