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Montuno Cubano
Montuno Cubano is a lively Latin band, and their repertoire includes bolero, guaracha, salsa, rumba, conga, son Cubano, punto guajira, suca suca, and cha-cha-cha.

Jorge Peña is the lead vocalist, and he plays requinto, an instrument that looks like a guitar, but it shorter, wider, and tuned higher so it has a very bright sound. With his brother, Jorge has performed at festivals throughout Cuba as well as in Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, and Germany. As a solo artist, he has performed in Mexico, Brazil, and in Canada.

On Latin percussion and guitar is Mark Carr-Rollitt who was a percussionist with the ECMA nominated band, The Count and the Cuban Cocktail. Mark is well-versed in Cuban rhythms and has travelled to Cuba to work with a Cuban percussionist and study the evolution of complex rhythms. Joining the group on upright bass and back up vocals is Chris Martell, an accomplished and versatile musician who can play anything from hip hop and jazz to classic rock and Cuban music which is one of his favorite genres.

In Cuban music, the “montuno” is the final section of a song, and it is usually faster, bolder, and semi-improvised. In Spanish, “montuno” means, “comes from the mountain” and it refers to a style of music that originated from Santiago de Cuba which is where Jorge Peña grew up on a coffee plantation. When a song reaches the “montuno” if people are not already dancing, they will want to.