|Press Release 2/17
Hanny is a promising young salsa singer. He is currently in London shopping a new CD. According to his UK agent:
"Hanny has an abundance of excellent, fresh, creative
cuban music not published. A contract with a record company that has a broad view of Cuba
would be signing on a cuban artist of the future. A tour is his dream. He's ready to
perform in concert. Can you help with a record deal/tour?
Rosie.Hayes_AT_ukgateway.net [replace _AT_ with @]
the young voice of Cuba
He wrote his first love song at 12 but had to train as a fencer at school.
His name is Hanny (Leosbel Jimenez Licea) 27 years old and cuban.
Writing and singing music was his ambition. When he finished his training he concentrated on creating new cuban music.
Born in Havana Hanny played his guitar and sang his music wherever and whenever he could. Often he would be found on the Malecon in Havana entertaining passersby with his songs.
The State would not recognise him as a musician. He was rejected when he applied to become a member of Cubas music industry.But a british record company got to hear of him and offered him a contract for his first CD. Its called Hanny the voice of Cuba and released in 1997.
It received excellent reviews from around the world.
They said:"neatly written a flying start" Q Magazine, "a dark abrasive voice the promise is there" Straight No Chaser, "the Cuba of today shines through Hannys music and lyrics" OyeListen! Netherlands, "superb album" Time Out.
It was followed by: an appearance in the BBC programme called Beat Route presented by jazz pianist Jools Holland.
Then: two of his songs were featured in the recent french film "Place Vendome" with Catherine Deneuve.
Plus: the song Luna from the CD was included in a compilation called "Mundo Romantico" released by Latin Beat.
The cubans still wouldnt recognise him though a year later Cuban radio began to give the CD air time and television featured him in their music programmes.
Hanny is a member of the Santeria religion. In march 1998 be was made a santo (saint) and dresses in white. His faith has given him inspiration and confidence in his work.
The young cuban singer is temporarily in London.He brought with him his music. All of it new, fresh and exciting. Some of it is recorded on his new demo CD.
Three of the songs are about sex, love and a passionate man. The fourth is a daunting religious song. Its about Saint Lazarus the patron saint of lepers and other diseases. Onthe 17 December each year many cuban followers walk on their hands and knees to the saints church. Others drag a large stone and chain. All of them promising their devotion if a cure can be found to any of their illnesses or injuries.
Listen to the CD you will find it an outstanding innovative sound from Cuba.
Hanny returns to Cuba later this year. He joins his group there and will tour the country.
His website is:www.hanny.f9.co.uk
Contact: Rosie Hayes
Tel: (44) 0207 359 8740 e-mail:email@example.com
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