MIAMI – Eager to refresh traditional Cuban music, a Cuban musician has burst onto the Los Angeles music scene with his electro-acoustic “tres” – a traditional Cuban guitar-like instrument with three double steel strings and pedals – and has created a fusion of the sounds of his native land with rock and pop.
Musician San Miguel Perez presented this week his new disc, “Un Poquito de Amor Everyday,” together with Aleks Syntek, an idol of the young for his Mexican pop, at the legendary The Mint, famous among L.A. nightclubs for 70 years.
San Miguel arrived in Los Angeles in 2013 with the Adalberto Alvarez y su Son group, only to be “kidnapped” by the producer of Peruvian descent, Cecilia Noel, a salsa singer who visited Cuba in the 1990s with her band The Wild Clams.
“Los Angeles isn’t a bad place to build a career,” San Miguel said in an interview with EFE.
“Music everywhere. A wonderful city that opens doors for you,” said the musician born in Rio Cauto, Bayamo, one of Cuba’s most historic cities, located on the east end of the island.
San Miguel, 31, who was nominated for a Latin Grammy for his disc “100 Sones” in 2007, said that his new disc, “Un Poquito de Amor Everyday,” is not specifically cumbia nor bachata.
“I wanted to mix the Caribbean Cuban culture with the California sound, that is, with pop, Mexican music and rock all at once,” San Miguel said.