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Alex Cuba heats up chilly night

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There’s nothing like Cuban Latin music to warm up a chilly, gray foggy night. So Smithers’ B.C based afro-Cuban musician Alex Cuba was happy to oblige a sold out crowd, March 14 at the Geomatic Attic.

With an afro and sideburns straight out of the ’70s, he grinned a mouthful of bright white teeth and picked pretty pop tinged  Caribbean mixed with Cuban and jazz influenced melodies on his guitar and sang smoothly and beautifully for the enraptured audience.Alex Cuba plays a minor key version of Cuban classic Guantanamera. Photo  By Richard Amery

 He was touched and pleasantly surprised to receive a beautiful introduction in his native Spanish tongue and even convinced the crowd to sing sang few  songs in Spanish as well.

He has quite  a following as a lot of people came from out of town for the show including a group from  Saskatoon who sported pink  shirts with  Cuba’s face emblazoned on them. His band provided smooth jazz bass and lots of percussion and drums.

Cuba played tasteful guitar, at times making it sound like steel drums. As most of the lyrics  were in Spanish, I didn’t understand most of them, but the music took me and the audience to a land of blue water waves lapping against pristine beaches.

 His band left the stage as he played an acoustic set including a minor key version of  best known Cuban song Guantanamera.

 He got the crowd trying to scat along with him for a song.
He ended his first set with a more up tempo rock influenced number before taking a break.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:01 )  
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