Dany Noel was born in Havana, Cuba. He began his performing
career at only 8 years old singing and playing guitar. After taking up acoustic
and electric bass, he began to play with the top son, salsa and timba groups
from Cuba. Ultimately, he left his native country to settle in Torino, Italy.
Dany is a renowned bassist, musical director, arranger,
composer, producer, singer and graduate of classical guitar at the
Conservatorio Ignacio Cervantes de la Habana. He has collaborated and recorded
with prestigious musicians such as Celia Cruz, Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés,
Pio Leyva, Xiomara Laugart, Iovanny Hidalgo, Richie Flores, Jose Alberto El
Canario, Richie Rey, Rey Sepulveda, Mayito Rivera, Roberto Van Van, Changuito,
Alexander Abreu and Jerry Gonzalez among others.
He moved to Europe in 1997, first to Italy. Along with Cuban
drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, he formed Italuba as bassist, musical
director, arranger and composer.
Dany is currently living in Madrid and has worked with Spanish,
Argentine and Greek artists Luz Casal, Victoria Abril, Lolita Flores, Ainhoa
Arteta, Mariza, Arvanitaki Elefteria, Fito Páez, Ojos de Brujo, José Luis
Perales and film director Fernando Trueba in his movie Chico y Rita.
He has also entered the pop and flamenco scene, which has
led him to record with artists such as Niño Josele; Concha Buika on her album
Niña de Fuego, winner of a Grammy Award, produced by Javier Limón; and Limón’s
project Son de Limón, as bassist, voices and arranger.
In his 2017 album, Por La Habana , Danny focuses on the roots of Cuban music, his ancestors and his own words: “It’s an album so that my parents and my people won’t stop dancing”.
Mi Sentir (2006) Dime Si Tú Sabes (2006) Proposicion (2011) Confidence, with Dario Chiazzolino (2014) Tinta Unida (2014) Por La Habana (Abanico Records, 2017)
Italuba (Timba Records, 2002)
Italuba II (Cacao Musica, 2006)
Vocalist Issac Delgado, who performed timba music with his up to 14-piece orchestra, is considered one of the greatest Cuban singers. His contemporary sound is created out of the fusion of traditional influences and popular contemporary rhythms.
Born in Havana, in 1962, his interest in music began at age 18 when he joined a group that modernized old popular Cuban music. He launched his professional career in 1983 as a member of the Orquesta de Pacho Alonso, touring internationally and making his first recording. In 1988, he became the lead vocalist in the group NG La Banda, found great popularity and fame throughout the country, and recorded three more CDs.
Since then, he has also become popular around the world. His CD Versos en el Cielo features re-arrangements of Cuban classics from the Nueva Trova era.
In 2006 he defected to the United States of America from his native Cuba in an effort to boost his international career. He moved to Tampa (Florida) with his family. His Cuban orchestra stayed in Cuba, changed its name and added a new singer.
His first US release was En Primera Plana (2007)
No te compliques, with NG La Banda (1988)
En la calle, with NG La Banda (1989)
No se puede tapar el sol, with NG La Banda (1990)
Dando la hora (1992)
Con ganas (1993)
El chévere de la salsa y el caballero de son, with Adalberto Álvarez (1994) El año que viene (1995) Otra idea (RMM, 1996)
Exclusivo para cuba (1997)
La primera noche (1998) La fórmula (Ahi Namá Music, 2000)
Grandes éxitos Versos en el cielo (33rd Street, 2002)
En primera plana (La Calle Records, 2007) Así soy (Machete Music, 2008) L.O.V.E. (2010) Supercubano (2011)
Childhood friends Tiempo Libre’s members individually fled from Cuba and eventually reunited in Miami where they enjoyed thriving careers performing touring and recording with such artists as Albita, Cachao and Arturo Sandoval. In their free time or Tiempo Libre in Spanish, the seven musicians would come together to realize their collective musical dream of forming the first all-Cuban timba group in the U.S.
Moving against a tide of predictions that a broad musical audience would not embrace the timba music native to their homeland they formed their group in 2001. Years later they are recognized as the leading creators and performers of timba music outside of Cuba. Tiempo Libre are keeping the timba tradition fresh and evolving through their unique blend of classical, Cuban and American influences.
Their extensive tour history includes concerts at prestigious venues around the world. They have performed on The Tonight Show, Dancing with the Stars, numerous shows on Telemundo and Univision and have received airplay on numerous radio stations. Tiempo Libre even achieved the Cuban equivalent of being on a box of Wheaties by having their likeness featured on a million Cafe Bustelo coffee cans throughout the United States.
Tiempo Libre’s first recording for Sony Masterworks, Bach in Havana was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Tropical Latin Album. The album, a fusion of Bach with Afro-Cuban rhythms featuring guest tracks by Paquito D’Rivera and Yosvany Terry was released in May 2009. The group’s previous two albums Arroz Con Mango and Lo Que Esperabas on the Shanachie label were both nominated for Grammys. The group starred in a musical production Miami Libre inspired by its collective immigrant experiences at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center.
In Fall 2008 Tiempo Libre was hand-picked by classical music’s celebrity flute player James Galway to arrange and record O’Reilly Street which included an Afro-Cuban take on music from the jazz suites of Claude Bolling.
In 2011 Tiempo Libre released My Secret Radio. Tiempo Libre’s line-up in 2011 included musical director Jorge Gómez on keyboard; Raul Rodriguez on trumpet; Leandro Gonzalez on congas; Tebelio (Tony) Fonte on bass; Armando (Pututi) Arce on drums; Joaquin (El Kid) Diaz on lead vocal; and Luis Beltran Castillo on saxophone & flute.
Born in January 28, 1974, in Las Tunas, eastern province of Cuba, daughter of a singer father and a stylist mother, Haila Maria Mompie Gonzalez felt passionate about music since her early years and although she started dancing first, she always felt a deep passion for singing.
After many years studying dancing, as legend says, in 1991, a young dancer raised her voice with an amazing tuning and a very special melody in such a way that Yaquelin Castellanos, famous Cuban singer, was astonished and proposed that this girl, named Haila, be part of her group. In this way, Haila a singer of Tradition Septet, cultivating Cuban traditional music.
A year later, she debuted as solo artist at ”Las Avenidas” Cabaret and later on, she became a member of Habana Son, a group directed by saxophonist ”El Chino Lam”. Also that year, she was requested to participate at the ”Guajira Habanera” show, touring Mexico for the first time.
On September 1994, she joined the renowned band Bamboleo. There, she rose to the top thanks to her excellent vocal qualities and high improvisation level, becoming one of the greatest soneras of her generation.
As vocalist of Bamboleo she recorded two CDs, Te Gusto O Te Caigo Bien and Yo No Me Parezco a Nadie, performed internationally and achieving great popularity in Cuba.
After that experience, she decided in 1998 to join the project of musician and composer Leonel Limonta, known as Azucar Negra. With this successful group, Haila topped the Cuban radio charts. The song “Andar Andando,”from the album Andar Andando, became an hymn not only for dance lovers but also for many others.
On 2001, after returning from a tour around Europe, Haila decided to start a new stage of her artistic career, as a solo artist. She recorded a solo album conducted and musically produced by the famous Cuban musician Issac Delgado.
Haila appeared as a singer on various albums by outstanding Cuban musicians and in the famous record La Rumba Soy Yo, winner of Latin Grammy Awards in 2001, she demonstrated her huge versatility.
2002 was a great year for Haila. Besides touring the United States with Issac Delgado and his orchestra, she was selected as guest figure of Tropicana Cabaret. She also toured various European countries as part of ‘Festival Son Cuba and as member of Cuban Grammys Project together with Eliades Ochoa, Juan Formell, Vocal Sampling, Chucho Valdes, Los Papines and Ernan Lopez-Nussa.
Copa Room Cabaret witnessed in April 25, 2003 at Riviera Hotel various remarkable events in Haila’s artistic life. That night, the ”Diva del Son” featured her orchestra with high-quality musicians in a concert attended by special guests from Culture Ministry, Artex, Musicalia, Bis Music, E-Commerce Agency, journalists, T.V and radio directors, critics and the general public.
In this concert, full of surprises, Haila unveiled her contract as exclusive artist with the Musicalia booking agency, her Haila Live CD on Bis Music, with a concert she made the previous year at National Theater of Cuba, having the notable appearance of Chucho Valdes, Issac Delgado, Mayito Rivera, David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera. The CD was under the musical production and direction of Juan Manuel Ceruto.
In June of the same year, Haila made an important tour around European countries and in July and August, she performed along with David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera in various Japanese cities.
La Diva del Son, as she is well-known in Cuba, gave priority to the national and international promotion of her new recording in 2005. Haila joined Charanga Habanera at some live performances.
Haila was also part of the Cuba le Canta a Serrat CD, recorded in Havana at the Abdala, Ojala, PM Record and Frank Fernandez studios to honor the peerless Spanish singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat. This set, previously conceived for 12 tracks ended up a double album.
Haila’s Diferente CD, under the production of the notable David Calzado showed a new stage in Haila’s professional career, popular not only among young fans, but also with people of all ages.
Haila Maria Mompie is considered one of the great Cuban contemporary soneras.
Edited from an original article by Marianela Dufflar.
The Afro-Cuban All Stars were brought together by musical director Juan de Marcos González (leader of the son group Sierra Maestra and mastermind behind the Buena Vista Social Club), as a multi-generational big band to explore a broader scope than the Buena Vista projects, ambitiously paying tribute to the diversity of Cuban music, marrying the past with the present. It is a band for dancing – combining a variety of contrasting styles including classic son montuno, contemporary timba, swinging big band guajira, Afro-Cuban jazz, danzón, the pure tribal rhythms of abakua, bolero and more.
The original list of lead vocalists that have performed with the group is a virtual “who’s who” of the greatest Cuban sonerosthe octogenarian Pío Leyva (Estrellas de Areito) and the septuagenarians Raúl Planas (Rumbavana, Celia Cruz), and Manuel “Puntillita” Licea (Sonora Matancera) were joined by rising stars from a younger generation, Antonio “Maceo” Rodríguez (Sierra Maestra), Félix Valoy (Alberto Alvarez), and Teresita García Caturla (Las D’Aida).
To back these individual talents through a diverse selection of songs González brought together a very special group of musicians. On piano is one of the founding fathers of modern Cuban music, the legendary Rubén González (Arsenio Rodríguez, Enrique Jorrín, Estrellas de Areito). On acoustic bass is Cuba’s finest, Orlando “Cachaíto” López, who learned his trade as part of the extraordinary bass playing López dynasty which includes his father Orestes López and uncle Israel “Cachao” López.
The six piece horn section (three trumpets, two trombones, sax, flute) is made up from the best players of Havana’s celebrated Tropicana Orchestra. Soloists include the great Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal on trumpet (Orchestra Riverside, Estrellas de Areito) and Afrokan (Irakere) on trombone.
In a country renowned for its percussionists, the All Stars’ six-piece section is matchless and includes the young phenomenon Julienne Oviedo on timbales, and the great Miguel “Angá”on congas.
In December of 2000, Pedro Calvo, the lead singer of Cuba’s top dance band, Los Van Van, was recruited as a vocalist for the Afro-Cuban All Stars. The line-up in 2001 also included Caridad Hierrezuelo.
Cuban singer Addys D’Mercedes grew up in Oriente, the southern, rural part of Cuba. At local parties she heard her father playing sones and guajiras on the guitar, such as El Cuarto De Tula or El Carretero”, which now have become popular worldwide thanks to the success of the Buena Vista Social Club. The radio played songs of the Nueva Trova from Pablo Milanés, Silvio Rodríguez and Sara Gonzáles, Dominican merengues, Mexican rancheras and the latest songs from Madona and Michael Jackson.
As a young girl, Addys sang boleros and Nueva Trova songs at parties. At the age of 16 she became the lead singer of the group Onda Joven, in Moa. One year later she started her professional career as lead singer of several famous Cuban groups Los Neira, Timbre Latino and Spectrum.
In January 1999, Addys started to record with her group ¡Q´ba! in Havana. As a tribute to her Oriente roots, she sung her own new arrangements of the three very famous songs El Carretero, Capullito De Alelí and Como Fue, featuring Coto (Cubanismo) on tres.
In September of 1999 she recorded in Havana a set of nine original compositions with ¡Q´ba! inviting musicians from Afro Cuban All Stars and Jóvenes Clásicos del Son. Unlike what is common in Cuba, the recording had a wide range of Spanish American musical styles, Cuban styles like son, timba, guajira and cha cha cha alternate with salsa, cumbia, bolero and bachata. On the guajira No Me Abandones the 76-year-old singer Raúl Plana (Afro Cuba All Stars, Sonora Matanzera) sings a duo with Addys.
Fascinated by her warm voice, Cándido Fabré recorded with Addys the very popular duo La Fórmula in the summer of 2000.
Mundo Nuevo (Media Luna, 2001) Nomad (Media Luna, 2003)
Addys (Media Luna, 2012)