Brisas del Palmar

Founded in 1999 by Rosel Lamoru, El Grupo Cubano leaders-eminent Cuban musicians who are played daily on Cuban national radio. In 2005 they were chosen top quintet in Cuba and they have received many other international honours. With repertoire of over 1000 songs they play everything from boleros and changui to salsa. Playing to rave reviews from unfailingly enthusiastic crowds, they recently entertained the Pope on his Cuban tour! They are just completing a new disc, Santiago en Suenos, in Vancouver's Armoury Recording (where Nickelback, Van Halen and other stars record.) With the guidance of renowned producer and musician Steve Dawson this first Canadian disc will be released in late July. El Grupo Cubano includes: Band leader, vocalist and guitarist, Rosel Lamoru, Julio Avila on contrabass (a thank you gift from the wife of Cuba's president, Raul Castro), Pinto Avila -- award winning tresero (he plays the tres, a uniquely Cuban stringed instrument) who has toured widely in Europe and Latin America, Hamilton Alvarez--until recently, a star tenor with Cuba's Madrigal Choir and Brian Medina, on percussion, with his unique Cuban rhythms played on traditional instruments.

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