FEATURED ARTIST – AUGUST | Havana Kings, Cuban Band

Havana sugar kings-trio

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!