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¿Who's The Cuban?
 
¿Who's The Cuban?
photo © Colas Photographie

¿Who's The Cuban? mix the essence of Cuban and Caribbean music with psychedelic rock. This original fusion creates a tropicalized, electric and danceable mix. Delightful Latin melodies are combined with a distorted guitar, a heavy bass, a syncopated piano, gliding keyboards, unbridled drums and frenzied percussion... The septet delivers a hot and energetic live show.

 

MUSIC

LA CHICA DE LA TIENDA - Nouveau single 

a paraitre le mardi 7 JUIN

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Avec La chica de la tienda ¿Who’s The Cuban? opère un retour aux sources. Hommage à la timba cubaine, ce morceau est issu des bas-fonds d'un club perdu entre New York et La Havane. Dans le rôle du piano salsa, une guitare saturée. Et pour prêter main forte aux percussions latines, quoi de mieux qu'une bonne grosse batterie rock ? Pas d'inquiétudes, la clave est là pour nous guider. On est sur la route, les fenêtres sont ouvertes, il fait chaud et ça feel good. Un vent frais souffle sur l'été, en avant la machine à danser !

nunca mataré - NEW ep

Nunca mataré is the new EP of ¿Who's The Cuban? and it is especially the first recordings of the new line-up integrating the singer Pao Barreto and the singer and trumpetist Dayron Ramirez Hernandez. With this new opus, ¿Who's The Cuban? reveals itself in an unbridled style, subtle fusion of Afro-Caribbean music and psychedelic rock.

 

Nunca mataré is the first track, a nine-minute concept track mixing rhythmic percussions, guitar distortion and soaring synths. We fall into a vibrant and contrasting trance, with a strong rhythm and an almost felt tension. A musical epic about resentment and forgiveness, the track sails between calm waters and decibel storms to end its trip in a jubilant and explosive ending.

 

Bajo las estrellas is the second and last track on the EP. We have all the ingredients for a daring style exercise, the fusion of rock and salsa rhythms.Congas and bongos mix with psychedelic synths and saturated guitars, a heavy bass envelops the montunos and mambos. Bajo las estrellas is an allegory for an explosive breakup between lovers and sets the scene in a hazy twilight reminiscent of vampire movies. The track is structured in two parts. A dark and electric first part gives way to a dancing and liberating epilogue.

 

With this new EP, the band strongly marks its musical identity - a winding road to the borders of progressive rock which is taking Afro-Caribbean music to new horizons.

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Nunca mataré le premier titre est un morceau concept de neuf minutes mêlant les percussions rythmées, la distorsion de la guitare et les synthés planants. On plonge dans une transe vivante et contrastée, au rythme soutenu et à la tension quasi palpable. Épopée musicale sur le ressentiment et le pardon, le morceau navigue entre les eaux calmes et les avalanches de décibels pour terminer son parcours dans une fin jubilatoire et explosive.

Bajo las estrellas est le deuxième et dernier morceau de l’EP. On y retrouve les ingrédients d’un exercice de style audacieux : la fusion du rock et des rythmes salsa. Les congas et le bongo se mêlent avec les synthés psychés et les guitares saturées, une basse puissante enveloppe les montunos et les mambos. Allégorie d’une rupture amoureuse explosive, Bajo las estrellas plante un décor crépusculaire et brumeux qui rappelle les films de vampires. Le morceau décline une structure en deux temps. Une première partie sombre et électrique laisse place à épilogue dansant et libérateur.

Avec ce nouvel EP, le groupe creuse le sillon de son identité musicale, un chemin sinueux aux confins du rock progressif pour amener les musiques afro-caribéennes vers de nouveaux horizons.

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Pao Barreto : lead vocals, guitar, percussion

Dayron Ramirez Hernandez : lead vocals, trumpet

Cedric Geremia : guitar, backing vocals

Carl Lelonge : trombone, backing vocals

Olivier Duranton : keyboards, backing vocals

Adrian Chavez : bass, backing vocals

Thibaut Chipot : drums, percussion

 

TOUR

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most notable concerts

Paléo Festival (Switzerland) - Nancy Jazz Pulsations (France) - Festival d'Été de Québec (Canada) - New Morning Paris (France) - Festival Au Fil Des Voix Paris (France) - Festival Tempo Latino (France) - Kultrún Word Music Festival (Canada) - Festival Cubadisco (Cuba) - World Village Festival (Finland) - Festival Fiest'A Sète (France) - Festival Convivencia (France)

 

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biography

¿Who's The Cuban? is a Latin Psychedelic Pop Rock band formed in 2017 in France. The musicians all share the irresistible desire to mix the essence of Cuban and Caribbean music with psychedelic rock. After the release of their first album "Circo Circo" in 2019, the band wants to take mixing their influences deeper and thus affirm a personal and audacious style. ¿Who's The Cuban? now welcomes two new singers: the Colombian Pao Barreto (The Bongo Hop, Cumbia Ya) and the Cuban trumpet player Dayron Ramirez Hernandez (Yuri Buenaventura, La Cubanerie). With this new team, the septet has performed in France (festivals Au Fil des Voix / Convivencia / Tempo Latino) and abroad. In particular, the band played in Canada (Festival d'Été de Québec, Club Balattou, Kultrùn Festival) and in Cuba (Havana, Pinar Del Rio, Matanzas, Varadero). At the end of 2019, in association with the Nancy Jazz Pulsations festival the group created the "¿Who's The Cuban? Orchestra", a Latin jazz adaptation for big band of their compositions. This resulted in the album "Circo Live", recorded live and released on October 3, 2020. The global epidemic crisis forced the group to cancel tours in Canada and Cuba and so ¿Who's The Cuban? focused on the creating and recording a new album to be released in 2022. This new opus will be the achievement of their musical project combining the influences that brought them together. The group will produce a series of live sessions and videos that will be unveiled in the coming months.
 

 

big BAND

¿Who's The Cuban? Orchestra
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¿Who’s the Cuban? Orchestra

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....

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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

a creation with Nancy Jazz Pulsations

 

CONTACT

Management - Booking
 

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Foucauld + 33 (0)6 61 67 85 28

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ArtistiC contact

 

Thibaut +33 (0)6 88 45 42 67
hello@whosthecuban.com

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Marc + 33 (0)6 17 41 38 84

voisin.marc54@gmail.com

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