“He's like Marvin Gaye singing soul to a new generation” - The Boston Globe
Latin Grammy and JUNO Award winner ALEX CUBA will perform with his full band at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre in the final performance of the season, and the first night of the Tombolo Multicultural Festival of Newfoundland and Labrador. On Friday night come early from 4:00-6:15 pm and enjoy foods from around the world from the Tombolo Multicultural Festival on the ACC lawn, and then stay for an incredible performance from Alex Cuba on the main stage at 7:00 pm.
Alex Cuba is a singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape.
Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father's (respected guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) group of 24 guitarists. Alex then went on to study electric and upright bass, touring and recording nationally and internationally.
In 1999, Alex moved to Victoria, B.C where he recorded an album titled “Morumba Cubana” alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex then went on to record his solo debut album “Humo De Tobaco” in which earned him a JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In 2007, Alex released “Agua Del Pozo” which also earned him another JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. From there, Alex released his third album, a self-titled project “Alex Cuba” in 2009.
That self-titled album features his first ever English track titled “If You Give Me Love”. The album gained international recognition. In 2010, Alex took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, where his album was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. It also followed a nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and in 2011 Alex took home a BMI Latin Award for his songwriting on Nelly Furtado’s #1 Spanish hit “Manos Al Aire”.
In 2012, Alex released his fourth album “Ruido En El Sistema”, which Alex received his second Socan Hagood Hardy Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz and World Music. He also won his second Latin Grammy Award – this time as a songwriter, alongside co-writer Yoel Henriquez received the award for Best Tropical Song for the Milly Quezada's single, “Toma Mi Vida”. In 2013, he again brought home a Latin Grammy for the video Eres Tu from Ruido En El Sistema, a video produced entirely in his hometown of Smithers.
Alex Cuba's fifth studio album, "Healer", was recorded in New York, USA and Victoria, Canada, using a live rhythm section, trading in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies. With five duets with singer-songwriters, four being Canadian; Ron Sexsmith, David Myles, Alejandra Ribera and Kuba Oms as well as, New Yorker, Anya Marina. It is an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism and reality as Alex always has a silver lining on melancholy of any form. The album won a Latin Grammy for best Singer-songwriter and was nominated for a Grammy as best Latin Pop in 2016.
In 2017, Alex completed his sixth album “Lo Unico Constante”, beginning in Spain and passing through Montreal to record a single with Jean Massicotte. Then meeting up with the rhythm section from “Healer” in Baker Studios to record and mix 12 songs that delve deeper into Alex's songwriting roots, focusing on nylon string guitar and upright bass. Looking at the filin movement in Cuba of the forties that fused jazz and trova together with emotional but not sad lyrical content. Music that influenced his writing style to this day. With an impact date of April 7, 2017, the album was released to a sold out show in Toronto at Koerner Hall and has gone on to be nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter Album at the 2017 Latin Grammys and Best Latin Pop at the 2018 Grammy awards.
$25 Each | $20 Students & Children HST & service charge included
DATES & SHOWTIME: Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm
ST. JOHN'S, Arts & Culture Centre (95 Allandale Road)
RECOMMENDED AUDIENCE AGE: All Ages
SHOW LENGTH: 2 hours
BOX SEATS: The St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre has box seats. To check on availability and to book these seats call the box office at 709-729-3900 (they are not available online).
ONLINE SALES: Online sales for all shows are available until 2 hours before show time.