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mancdcvr pictureManolito y su Trabuco

One of the newest and most dynamic bands in Havana these days is Manolito y su Trabuco. Founded by Manolito Simonet on February 25, 1993, they have quickly become one of the favorite dance bands in the capital city, playing all the hottest night clubs.

A talented young pianist, Manolito Simonet has four albums under his belt. He has also recorded for other groups outside of Cuba, such as Irazú. Many of Manolito's compositions have been played by top Cuban bands such as Elio Revé y su Charangón and Charanga '86, and have also been used in movie soundtracks.

The eleven group members have all graduated from the National School for the Arts, and have toured internationally. Most of them, including Manolito, are former members of the progressive charanga group Orquesta Maravilla de Florida. When Manolito y su Trabuco was created, they were a charanga group consisting of three singers, with the addition of two trombones and a trumpet. The band was a big hit when they played live on Cuban radio and on the television show Mi Salsa. Now with the release of this CD, Manolito y su Trabuco will be spreading their magic throughout the world!

- thanks to Bembe Records,

Manolito write-up at SOB's

Manolito, Cuba's new #1 star, heir to the legacy of Cuba's musical heroes.

Composer, arranger, virtuoso pianist Manolito is the next generation. His influences are clear -- the Cuban legends of yesterday and today, masters like Juan Formell & Los Van Van, Adalberto Alvarez, Joseito Gonzalez and Lili Martinez. A self-taught musician, he earned his stripes as a member of such groups as La Inspiracion, Lagrimas Negras, Senen Suarez, and Maravillas de Florida, then founded his own group, Manolito y su Trabuco, in 1993. It is here that Manolito honed his skills and refined his trademark sound. With his "Trabuco", Manolito combines fundamental elements of charanga and jazz bands into a powerhouse of strings and brass, uniting past and present in a flawless melding of styles. While firmly rooted in the traditional Cuban rhythms of the past, Manolito y su Trabuco create music that challenges boundaries and pushes forth into the future. Yet Manolito has resisted the easy crossover route taken by so many of his contemporaries. Unlike their deliberate synthesis of styles, Manolito's sound is organic, the fruition of a century's worth of cultural growth. "Trabuco" translates as "war machine" Manolito's ammunition is his skill, his style, and his profound understanding of the music of his country - tools that enable him to glide gracefully through "salsa" rhythms, from son to bolero to danzon to mambo to guaracha to cha-cha-cha His rhythms set fire to dance floors, inspiring dancers to create new steps. His melodies break the hearts of the young and old alike.

Manolito knows his past. Now he stands ready to lead Cuba into the future. On the eve of 2000, SOB's welcomes this hero with open arms.  --

Schedule 2013

Europe, 6/13-7/13 France, Italy

5/12/05 - Milano, Italia, La Rumba (discoteca)

May 4

Verona, Italy


May 5

Rome, Italy

La tropical

May 6

Naples, Italy

El color latino

May 7

Florence, Italy


May 8

Toranto, Italy


May 11

Gorizia, Italy


May 12

Milano, Italy

La Rumba

May 13

Padova, Italy


May 14

Paris, France

Cabaret Sauvage


June 9

Darmstadt, Germany


tickets and info

June 10

Ulm, Germany

Das Ulmer Zelt


June 11

Lausanne, Switzerland

23:00 Atelier volant

June 12

Zurich, Switzerland

23:30 Latinpalace

June 13

Rome, Italy

Fiesta 2004

Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Via Appia Nuova, 1245

June 15

Montpellier, France

La Sainte Victoire

Salle Victoire 2


Toulouse, France

Le Havana Cafe


June 17

Amsterdam, Netherlands




Eeklo, Belgium




Rotterdam, Netherlands

Import Rotterdam


June 20

Tiburg, Netherlands

Festival Mundial


June 21

Nevers, France

Rencontres D'Jazz


June 23

Paris, France

New Morning

More information

August 5

Tokyo, Japan



August 6

Sapporo, Japan

Jasmac Plaza Zanadu


August 8

Sendai, Japan

Shichigahama-kokusai mura


August 13

Nagoya, Japan

Bottom Line


August 14

Osaka, Japan

Stella Hall


August 15

Kitakyushu, Japan

Prince Hotel


August 16

Miyasaki, Japan

Seagaia Ocean Dome


August 17

Miyasaki, Japan

Seagaia Ocean Dome


August 18

Miyasaki, Japan

Seagaia Ocean Dome


August 19

Miyasaki, Japan

Seagaia Ocean Dome


August 21

Fukuoka, Japan

8th Festival Isla de Salsa in Nokonoshima


August 22

Fukuoka, Japan

8th Festival Isla de Salsa in Nokonoshima


August 26-28

Barcelona, Spain

Forum 2004



July 14, 2002




July 16, 2002




July 18, 2002




July 19, 2002




July 20, 2002




July 25, 2002




July 26, 2002




July 28, 2002


Vic Fezensac


August 2, 2002



New Morning

August 3, 2002


Saint Aulaye


August 9, 2002




August 11, 2002





New Year's Eve
SOB's New York, NY


mancdcvr.jpg (15802 bytes) Directo Al Corazon/Straight To The Heart
Audio CD (March 11, 1997)
1. No La Dejes SolaMusic
2. Dale TiempoMusic
3. Despues De TiMusic
4. PerfumeMusic
5. Dame Tu ProgramaMusic
6. Que Te Vaya Bonito
7. Hasta Que Me Olvidas
8. Dueno De Ti
9. Tapaboca
10. No Puedo Con Ella

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