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It’s said Cuba, Havana is on fashion…

If you think so, when you get to this city, don’t skip the chance to listen and dance the most authentic and traditional Cuban music. Maybe the Cuban musical heritage is the most important present that this island has done to the world; the last 50s from last century were prolific concerning composers, singers and bands of international stature. Worth being names like Benny Moré or Celia Cruz so you can highlight then huge prestige of the Cuban music of these years, so travellers from around the world, artists of international stature and intellectual were really fond of this music.

More than ten years ago, we took this legacy and we defend it under the name of “Tradicionales de los 50s”. This project has been presented with great success in so nice places like the 1930 Salon from The National Hotel, always crowded, at the Salon Rojo from The Capri Hotel, The Copa Room Cabaret of The Havana Riviera Hotel, at the Continental Cabaret of The International Hotel in Varadero, in the Houses of Music, at the Café Taberna Amigos del Benny, at the Havana Club Rum museum, at the Santo Angel restaurant, in New Year’s Eve activities and special suppers at the Old Square in Old Havana, being accepted by the public successfully.

In the project very important figures have worked from the musical panorama of Cuba, among them we have the great Pío Leyva, known worldwide as a “Montunero from Cuba”, a Buena Vista Social Club and Afrocuban All Stars, the maestro Guillermo Rubalcaba, star of the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Buena Vista Bar, Grammy Awards nominee and important director, composer and instrumentalist, recently deceased.

The following Cuban Musical bands have also collaborated with us, giving prestige and a quality label to itself:

  • Charango Rubalcaba
  • Pío Leyva band
  • Rumba Tere band
  • Cuba Son All Stars
  • Cuban Salsa
  • América Orchestra
  • Aragon Orchestra
  • Sierra Maestra Septet
  • Matamoros Septet
  • Cesar and his Sonora Universal
  • The Piquete Cubano
  • Havana Casino band
  • Roberto Faz band
  • Son Caturla Orchestra

 

Many artists have been working with Tradicionales de los 50, among the most relevant stars we can mention: Julio Alberto Fernández, Barbarito Torres, Amadito Valdés, “El Guajiro” Mirabal, Julienne Oviedo Sánchez, Carlos González Cárdenas, Lázaro Villa, Rosa Fornés, Rolo Martínez, Manolo del Valle, Rolito, Armadito y Navarro, Félix Baloy, Héctor Téllez, Alfonsín Quintana, Caridad Hierrezuelo, Hilda de la Hoz, María Elena Pena, Xiomara Valdés, Teresa García Caturla, Ela Calvo, María Victoria Gil, Amparito Valencia y Luis Téllez.

Meet our

TEAM
Juana Bacallao

Soloist

The “Show Woman from Cuba”, “Juana la Cubana”, is some of the names that have deserved this spectacular artist. With a peculiar way to tackle the Cuban music and today a vivid legend and exceptional witness of the bohemian Havana woman of the 50s and 60s, we’re pleased to have her as a star in our project. She’s shared scenarios with the greatest and biggest of the music worldwide, she’s taken her art on the scenarios of different countries. Her charm and Cuban mischievously way are simply matchless.

Orestes Macías

Soloist

Known as “El Guapachoso”, great at his interpretations of boleros and guarachas. Known in more than 30 countries, has worked with all the stars of the Buena Vista Social Club project.

José Valladares

Soloist

Recognized in all Cuba and overseas because of his successful work as a composer in the 60 and 70 decades. All Cuban singers of success of those years sang his songs, which immediately became hits on the musical lists. Also well-known bands like Manolito Simonet and Issac Delgado have sung his songs. He forayed into singing successfully, work that he’s kept today.

Mundito González

Soloist

Holder of a beautiful voice, made to the Cuban song and the bolero. It’s an obliged presence according to event dedicated to this form is made worldwide and he’s recognized as “La voz de Oro” (The Golden voice). He’s made himself, old songs of this form of his own, like the immortal “Dos Gardenias”.

Jenne Rene

Soloist

A Singer with a particular style to sing traditional forms, he is taken part of important bands like the one founded by Compay Segundo. Also the collaboration in records of other artists stood out as a guest singer.

Jorge Mulet

Soloist

With the same grace as in his funny improvisations, defends the Cuban musical legacy, singing excellent dancing songs with a peculiar style.

Migdalia Hechavarría

Soloist

Has taken her art in so demanding festivals like San Remo and she has collaborated with prominent artists as Chucho Valdés. Her deep upper register is very attractive when sings guarachas and son songs.

José Luis Arango

Soloist

Very well known for his work with different bands of first line, like Pacho Alonso’s. With a lot of “angel” and charisma for the audience, he’s defined as a guarachero par excellence.

Sergio Farías

Soloist

Was known as a winner of the demanding television contest “Todo el mundo canta” (“Everybody sings”) and from then on he’s been of a usual presence in TV shows, concerts, festivals and international tours. He turns to be of a wide repertoire when he sings so easily romantic songs as dancing ones as well.

Raquel Hernández

Soloist

Her voice has gone through the most demanding scenarios of Havana nights and also as a guest in several countries. She has an enviable versatility and a special gift for dancing, that night after night she tests on our scenarios.

Flora Max

Soloist

Her “son” politeness is proverbial; it’s a nice experience to see her on stage with her harmonic enrollment and self-confidence.

Pablo Santamaría

Percussionist

Percussionist and tenor. One of the greatest Cuban voices, finalist of so demanding festivals like Tokyo and Dresden. He has some CDs produced and a huge repertoire. His presence is common in different television and radio programs.

Millán Zuaznabar

Soloist

Singer winner of the TV talent show, “Todo el mundo canta”, in the second edition in 1981. He is owner of a power and richful voice, with bass notes. His performances are spotless when singing popular genres such as guarachas and sones.

Leonor Zayas

Soloist

Also contestant of “Todo el Mundo Canta”. She has a very harmonious voice and “sonero” charm.

Nani Cruz

Soloist

Young singer with a powerful vocal pitch, she defends with self-confidence romantic songs and dancing as well.

Dayana Divo

Soloist

Finalist of the most famous Cuban “talent show” of this last decade “Sonando en Cuba” (“Singing in Cuba”). She was a student of the prestigious Cuban sonero Paulo Fernández Gallo. She has a vocal pitch of privilege and she sings any form of music with an incomparable quality.

Félix Bernal 

Soloist

To his well-pitched voice, he joins the master of his performances on the piano, that it turus out the perfect complement to see him sing unforgettable songs of the Cuban and Latin America songbook.

Yanko Pizako

Trumpet

Has developed his work as a professional trumpet player since 1995. Member of the Cuban Radio and Television Orchestra, he was selected to be part of the projects like the Afrocuban All Stars where he was for 4 years as the first trumpet player. He’s travelled the world and he is praised for having worked with musicians like Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis. He also participated in CDs with Ibrahím Ferrer and the Buena Vista Social Club project.

Emilio Ramos

Guitar player

Virtuous of the tres. He’s one the most well-known and acclaimed popular Cuban music guitar players overseas. He was one of the founders of the legendary group “Sierra Maestra”, which work cleared the way to projects that came after like Buena Vista Social Club. He’s been a Grammy nominee for several times.

Lázaro Calvo

Musical director

Piano player and musical director, with a remarkable history in the Cuban popular music.

Adalberto Ávila “Candela”

Bass player

Excellent bass player, he was a member of famous groups like “Adalberto y su Son”, until the foundation of his own band, “Son Candela”. He is commonly guest musician of different records made by well known Cuban artists.

Ángel Luis Rodríguez

Presenter

Popular presenter of the Cuban television. His work is common in some star programs domestically and overseas.

“Tradicionales del Son” dancing couple

Dancers

Virtuous of the elegant dance, of course they give colours and pass on the people who go to the show with their charm of dancing.

Gloria Matancera

Accompanist band

Founded as a septet in Matanzas city in 1927 by the brothers Juan, Eliseo and Carlos Díaz, settling down in Havana at the beginning of the 30s. At the beginning of the 50s the band had the special collaboration of occasional singers and maybe because of the success obtained by Celia Cruz with the Sonora…