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Son Yambu – red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba.
Son Yambu play authentic 'Son Cubano' or Cuban son - the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Formed in 2011, Son Yambu feature a new generation of (mainly) Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997. Son Yambu have recently released their debut CD – ‘La Maravilla’.
**** ‘Son Yambu are an acoustic septet with the real sound of Santiago De Cuba.’ Simon Broughton, London Evening Standard. September 2012
'The UK's very own Buena Vista band….absolutely tremendous…. if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music.’ Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3. September 13
On vocals, and minor percussion, Yuri is a true superstar, having performed with the likes of Cachaito of the Buena Vista Social Club. She is a born entertainer, and aficionados have likened her to a young Celia Cruz. Also on vocals and percussion are Tony Danger and Jose Cascaret both wonderful ‘soneros’ from Santiago De Cuba. The brilliant Manuel Alejandro Tellez on trés and backing vocals is another high-class performer.
Yambu’s rhythm section boasts the extraordinary talents of Reynaldo Crespo on Guitar, Oscar Vazquez Romero on bass, Rene ‘Menique’ Savigne on congas and Toby Herschmann on timbales. They’re the force that drives the music along. And soaring above it all, there’s the trumpet of virtuoso Victor Hechevarria who has toured world wide with several renowned Cuban bands and is an ex-member of the Santiago Symphony Orchestra.
Playing their irresistible tropical rhythms, they bring their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, and their music is guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta.
La Maravilla sees the band playing son Cubano much as they would in Santiago De Cuba, all spicy rhythms and tight horns…. David Honigman, Financial Times, 15 September 2012.
Son Yambu are burning up the dance floors with some of the best ‘son’ outside Cuba. La Maravilla CD review: Dave Willetts, Cuba Si, Nov 2012.
…Son Yambu really pulled people onto the dance floor – and what’s more they are a London-based son band, although virtually all the musicans are Cuban. Songlines, 9th November, 2012.
**** With a line up of expat Cuban musicians playing rootsy Cuban son…Son Yambu had dancers twirling from the off. Evening Standard, 18th January, 2013.