The Butchart Chronicles : August 12, 2015

Alex Cuba, Thursday, August 13, 2015

Alex Cuba
Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is definitely 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 from a very young age. In 1999, Alex moved to Vancouver, 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. In 2010, Alex took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. 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 'new' hometown of Smithers, BC.

Songwriting was the focus for the latest album "Healer" that was recorded in New York,  USA and Victoria, Canada. Using a live rhythm section the songs take on a live appeal and Alex traded in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies that take Alex back to his roots.

Still based in Smithers, Alex Cuba has put together a four piece band of Ian Olmstead on Bass, Jake Jenne on Drums and Jose Sanchez on percussion. Listen to Alex sing Si Pero No!

Read the Monday Magazine article, Outdoor concert means summer fun for Alex Cuba, in which he credits is Juno and Grammy wins on living a small town life:

“It works for me, it’s good for family life,” says the Cuban-born entertainer, whose real name is Alexis Puentes. “I have family around, it’s a lovely town. For me, I know I can go and know they are in a safe, happy, friendly place.”

Alex performs on the Concert Lawn at The Butchart Garden, 7:30 pm, Thursday, August 13, 2015.

(Bio excertped from alexcuba.com, photo courtesy of Alex Cuba)