Pick of the Day: Alex Cuba Band

I caught Alex Cuba's gig at the Exchange last October as part of the Regina Folk Festival's concert series. An ass-shaking good time was had then, and another is guaranteed tonight as the master practitioner of jazz fusion returns to the Exchange, again as part of the RFF's concert series.

Born Alexis Puentes in Cuba in 1974, Cuba took the stage name Alex Cuba in 1999 after moving to Canada following his marriage to a Canadian. Possessor of two Junos for Best World Music Album for Humo De Tobaco (2006) and Agua del Pozo (2008), Cuba released a third self-titled album earlier this year. He also co-wrote and recorded a duet with Nelly Furtado called "Mi Plan" which ended up being the title track on her new album.

Backing up Alex Cuba tonight is Andy Shauf. Here's video of Cuba and his band performing the song "Dime Si Despues" (YouTube)

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