Son Yambu play authentic Son Cubano, or Cuban son - the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century, and gave rise to modern salsa. Formed in 2011, Son Yambu feature a new generation of (mainly) Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre.
Their 2012 debut album, La Maravilla, was released to rave reviews (★★★★ Songlines, The Evening Standard), propelling the group to international acclaim. They have just released their second album, Tremendo Ambiente.
On vocals, from Guanabacoa, Cuba, Dunia Correa is an accomplished international singer and born entertainer, with a sparkling personality, having performed with many Cuban bands. Frank Portuondo Ortiz from Guantanamo - on trés and backing vocals - toured internationally with Cuban bands Manguaré, Son Del Nene and Pedrito Calvo, before joining Son Yambu.
The group's rhythm section boasts the extraordinary talents of Javier Fioramonti on bass, Rene ‘Menique’ Savigne on congas, Toby Herschmann on timbales, and trumpeter Alberto 'Muziquito' Savigne.
With irresistible, red-hot tropical rhythms, Son Yambu present a sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, bringing an unmistakable flavour of fiesta to the festival!
"The UK's very own Buena Vista band….absolutely tremendous…. if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music." Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3