Artist Feature: Havana Kings (Cuban Band)

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Favourite album: Stevie Wonder ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Grew up listening to: Irakere, Brass Construction, The Commodores, Stevie Wonder, Orquesta Aragon, Beny Moré. Chucho Valdez of Irakere, lived a few doors away from my Grandparents in Havana and he would bring us music from all over the world. As a kid I would listen to his stories while my Grandfather smoked a fat cigar. Chucho introduced me to jazz and the greats like Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

Which artists/performers are your greatest influence: Beny Moré, Chucho Valdez, Tata Guines.

Artists we should check out: Yosvani Terry, Gonzalo Rubalcava, Trombone Shorty.

Career highlight: Playing Ronnie Scotts as part of Omar Puente’s Sextet on Bata drums, incorporating the folklore of traditional afro-Cuban Bata with latin jazz.

Best gig you’ve seen this year: Juan Luis Guerra y la 440. A great Bachata band from Dominican Republic.

What does the future hold: Playing, collaborating, writing, recording, making music 24/7!