In the spring of 2009 the first notes rang out through the night from a "salón" in Nancy. A French-Cuban combo met up to play traditional Cuban standards. It was to be named "Son Del Salón".

 

After a first tour in a tiny car, the desire to play was still strong. Then came the time to study in depth the "son cubano". The band explored the whole musical jungle: they recorded three albums, played more than 500 concerts including a tour in Cuba and performances in prestigious European venues such as the Paleo Festival, Jazz In Montreux or Nancy Jazz Pulsations. They were awarded the prize for the best new band in 2016 at the Tempo Latino Festival, the biggest European Latin music Festival.

A basic copy/paste of Cuban traditional music is not their credo. A secret heresy bubbles up within the band - to search for its own interpretation of Cuban music, daring to break the rules of tradition and allowing their different deep musical loves to mix. Yes we CAN bring together influences from Radiohead and The Buena Vista Social Club, French "chanson" and Hector Lavoe, The Smashing Pumpkins and Los Van Van.

 

For the band needs to get free. The "salón" walls and clichés of Cuban postcards have to be pushed aside.​ 2018 is now the time for musical revolution - a brand new repertoire whose balance point is located at the crossing of cultures and personalities.

 

With a new start comes a new band name. ¿Who’s The Cuban? is the question everybody ALWAYS asks the group. Not so easy to distinguish a Cuban guy from a French guy singing in Spanish with an accent coming from nowhere. They don’t really care actually. Anyhow they’d rather ask you before you ask them.

Pao Barreto : lead vocals, guitar, percussion

Dayron Ramirez Hernandez : lead vocals, trumpet

Cedric Geremia : guitar, backing vocals

Sylvain Richard : trombone, backing vocals

Olivier Duranton : keyboards, backing vocals

Olivier Herrmann : babybass, backing vocals

Thibaut Chipot : drums, percussion

 
photo © Cetrobo

In the spring of 2009 the first notes rang out through the night from a "salón" in Nancy. A French-Cuban combo met up to play traditional Cuban standards. It was to be named "Son Del Salón".

 

After a first tour in a tiny car, the desire to play was still strong. Then came the time to study in depth the "son cubano". The band explored the whole musical jungle: they recorded three albums, played more than 500 concerts including a tour in Cuba and performances in prestigious European venues such as the Paleo Festival, Jazz In Montreux or Nancy Jazz Pulsations. They were awarded the prize for the best new band in 2016 at the Tempo Latino Festival, the biggest European Latin music Festival.

A basic copy/paste of Cuban traditional music is not their credo. A secret heresy bubbles up within the band - to search for its own interpretation of Cuban music, daring to break the rules of tradition and allowing their different deep musical loves to mix. Yes we CAN bring together influences from Radiohead and The Buena Vista Social Club, French "chanson" and Hector Lavoe, The Smashing Pumpkins and Los Van Van.

 

For the band needs to get free. The "salón" walls and clichés of Cuban postcards have to be pushed aside.​ 2018 is now the time for musical revolution - a brand new repertoire whose balance point is located at the crossing of cultures and personalities.

 

With a new start comes a new band name. ¿Who’s The Cuban? is the question everybody ALWAYS asks the group. Not so easy to distinguish a Cuban guy from a French guy singing in Spanish with an accent coming from nowhere. They don’t really care actually. Anyhow they’d rather ask you before you ask them.

Pao Barreto : lead vocals, guitar, percussion

Dayron Ramirez Hernandez : lead vocals, trumpet

Cedric Geremia : guitar, backing vocals

Sylvain Richard : trombone, backing vocals

Olivier Duranton : keyboards, backing vocals

Olivier Herrmann : babybass, backing vocals

Thibaut Chipot : drums, percussion

 

NEWS

 

MUSIC

¿Who's The Cuban? - Pochette d'album - Circo Circo

Thus Circo Circo is a record that inevitably leads to Havana. On the way, the salsa piano montunos meet electric guitars from a dark club in Liverpool. During a gliding flight over the Caribbean, the keyboard layers highlight the most swaying rhythms. In the distance, African roots echo throughout the Cuban tres and percussion. A reminder of a glorious past that joins drums, basses and amps... At the end, the group delivers a collection of sad or funny, futile or serious stories that are brimming over with life experience and the sun.

In this album, produced by Lucien Zerrad (Angélique Kidjo, Zaz, Charles Aznavour, Enzo Enzo...) ¿Who's The Cuban? want to make people vibrate, like an old Cuban radio station that would broadcast today's sound waves.

 

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TOUR

Samedi 19 Décembre 

Journée festive Cuba - 16H30

Gondrecourt-le-Château (55)

Vendredi 19 Février

Les Fuseaux - 20H00

Saint-Dizier (52)

Samedi 20 Mars

Alhambra - 20H30

Vittel (88)

Samedi 10 Avril

Espace Georges Sadoul - 20H30

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (88)

most notable concerts

Paléo Festival (Switzerland) - Nancy Jazz Pulsations - New Morning Paris 

Tempo Latino Festival - Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)  

Cubadisco Festival (Cuba) - World Village Festival (Finland)

Festival Fiest'A Sète - Sound And Vision Festival (Germany)

Festival des Cinq Continents (Switzerland) - Festival Jardin Du Michel 

 
photo © Didier Protin

¿Who’s the Cuban? Orchestra

¿Who's The Cuban? Orchestra - Circo Live

With this "Orchestra" version, ¿Who's The Cuban? is switched to XXL version! Eleven brass players and a drummer join the septet to form a new percussive and brass band. The most Cuban of the French music bands presents its latest compositions in an orchestral version for big band. Freshly released in spring, the album Circo Circo is entirely reworked by Youssef Essawabi's jazzifying arrangements. As songs and rhythms sway, we will inevitably remind us of the great mambo ensembles of the mid-20th century and the New York salsa dura of the 70s....

Still loyal to its signature, ¿Who's The Cuban? continues to inject its rock, pop and gliding influences into Afro-Cuban folklore. An original creation specially produced for this 2019 edition of Nancy Jazz Pulsations and the occasion for ¿Who's The Cuban? to present its new album to the Nancy audience!

 

"¿Who's The Cuban? Orchestra " is a project bringing together ¿Who's The Cuban? and the Nancy Ska Jazz Orchestra. An adaptation of "Circo Circo", ¿Who's The Cuban?'s new album for big band.

¿Who’s the Cuban? Orchestra

a creation with Nancy Jazz Pulsations

Paola Barreto: lead vocals
Eloise Rivera Loisy: lead vocals
Dayron Ramirez Hernandez: lead vocals
Youssef Essawabi: trombone
Sylvain Richard: trombone
Thomas Genèvre: trombone
François Le Gars: trumpet
Jérôme Sperissen: trumpet
Arnaud Schmitt: trumpet
Quentin Thomas: alto saxophone

Nicolas Gégout: alto saxophone
Luc Bartoli: tenor saxophone
Jean-François Leiritz: tenor saxophone
Renny Perron: baritone saxophone
Cedric Geremia: guitar, backing vocals
Olivier Duranton: keyboard, cuica, backing vocals
Olivier Herrmann: baby bass, backing vocals
Edouard Feuvrier: drums
Thibaut Chipot: percussion

 

CONTACT

Management - Booking 


Foucauld + 33 (0) 661 678 528
Thibaut +33 (0) 688 454 267
hello@whosthecuban.com

PREss agent

Daydream Music

Tanguy +33 (0) 6 84 12 40 94 

tanguy@daydream-music.fr

www.daydream-music.fr

Technique

Marc (sound) + 33 (0) 617 413 884

Production

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