Azucar Cubana is a London bases Salsa band that plays authentic Salsa & Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban sound that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba and gave rise to modern salsa.
This music is an intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms with the band giving it a contemporary edge that’s perfect for festivals, corporate events, weddings, parties and private functions.
The band members, who all have a lifetime’s experience playing Latin music, both as recording artists and in live performances at venues around the world, mainly come from Santiago De Cuba (the birthplace of son) and, are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre.
On vocals, and minor percussion, Yuri is a true superstar, having performed with the likes of Cachaito of the Buena Vista Social Club. She is a born entertainer, and aficionados have likened her to a young Celia Cruz.
Also on vocals and percussion are Tony and Jose both wonderful ‘soneros’ from Santiago De Cuba. The brilliant Manuel on trés and backing vocals is another high-class performer.
Azucar’s rhythm section boasts the extraordinary talents of Reynaldo on Guitar, Oscar on bass, Rene on congas and Toby on timbales. They’re the force that drives the music along.
And soaring above it all, there’s the trumpet of virtuoso Victor who has toured world wide with several renowned Cuban bands and is an ex-member of the Santiago Symphony Orchestra.
Azucar Cubana has a flexible line-up that can be tailored to match the occasion. Playing as a traditional Cuban septeto, the band performs with 7 musicians – lead vocalist, trés (Cuban mandolin), guitar, bass, trumpet and two percussionists.
For smaller events the band can reduce in size and play acoustically, and for larger events, with additional brass and percussion, the band can play as a 10-piece.
Playing their irresistible tropical rhythms, they brings their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, and their music is guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta!
Smaller Version of Cubana – perfect for events with smaller space
Azucar Cubana are an acoustic septet with the real sound of Santiago De
Cuba.’ – Simon Broughton, London Evening Standard.
‘The UK’s very own Buena Vista band….absolutely tremendous…. music like
this and we’re all feeling terrific if you don’t start to move to this there is no
hope for you! Extraordinary music. – Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio.
The band were great. They did everything that was requested and were
the perfect music for the event. They were set up quickly and were very
professional. – Nia Jones, Terrapin.
“Band were excellent, intoxicating music and a great crowd – all of which made
for a fabulous vibe. “Thank you!”. – Cecile Jackson.