It’s long been said that Cubans sing when they speak, dance when they walk and woo with a love song so it should be of little surprise that The Cuban Brothers\’ debut album Yo Bonita blends sexy, soulful vocals with jaw-dropping funk that never fails to get crowds on their feet.
From humble beginnings Miguel Mantovani, Archerio Mantovani and Kengo San have built Los Hermanos Cubanos – The Cuban Brothers – into a legendary outfit that continuously sells out shows across the globe. Not only the entertainment of choice for Elton John, Richard Branson and Robbie Williams, the trio has also supported James Brown, Chuck Berry, Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, Talib Kweli and performed with the likes of The Prodigy, Q-Tip, Chic, Roy Ayers and Jocelyn Brown.
Their residency at Rob da Bank’s celebrated Sunday Best parties led to The Cuban Brothers hosting the main stage at Bestival since its inception in 2004. This year alone the band has toured Australasia, hit the festival circuit hard and performed on BBC1\’s Let\’s Dance for Sports Relief as well as scoring parts in Plan B\’s Ill Manors and Nick Frost\’s forthcoming film, Cuban Fury. Adding musical weight to Yo Bonita’s soul are The CBs. Originally put together to support James Brown on one of his last tours, the band are a crack outfit of some of the finest funk players on the planet who collectively boast a CV that features a who\’s who of musical greats, including Tom Jones, Mick Jagger, Nick Cave, Amy Winehouse, Edwyn Collins, Prince Buster, Pharrell Williams and many more.
A raw collection of sinewy funk and heavy beats, unusually for a dance album, Yo Bonita eschews building tracks around samples in favour of a real band dynamic, which lends the collection of original tracks and inspired covers a groove that is undeniably infectious. Giving even more depth to proceedings is a litany of unique vocalists, that include Mica Paris, KT Tunstall, Kurtis Blow, Tenor Fly and the legendary Omar.
From crate diggers’ delight Misdemenor originally by Foster Sylvers, Sly and the Family Stone’s Underdog and Motorhead\’s Ace of Spades rendered as you’ve never heard it before to the band\’s originals, including The Finding and current single Mike 4 President, the band effortlessly prove they know their chops, laying a contagious bedrock for Mike’s vocals to soar.
DOORS – 8PM – 11 PM (Approximate times)
SUPPORT: To be announced
TICKETS: £17 Advance (box office booking fee may apply)
AGE RESTRICTION: All ages. Under 16’s accompanied by an adult. Please bring valid ID.
LICENSED BAR – Cash and card accepted