It all started in the Havana suburb of Artemisa, where Alex Cuba (then Alexis Puentes) was born in tandem with his twin brother Adonis. A music teacher’s son, Alex began playing guitar at the age of six, soon joining his father’s band, going on to play professionally in jazz-fusion ensembles. It was love that brought Alex to Canada after he met and married Canadian tourist Sarah Goodacre in 1999. Together with Adonis they formed The Puentes Brothers, receiving a 2001 JUNO nomination for their first recording. In 2003 the brothers decided to work on solo projects, and in 2005, Alex’s “Humo de Tabaco” won the 2006 JUNO Award for Best World Music Album.
Cuba’s songs blend graceful melodies, intricate guitar and percussion patterns, unusual arrangements, and superb vocals into a delightful and airy whole. – Mariano Prunes, ALL MUSIC