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Tradicional Cubano

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About Tradicional Cubano

Deeply rooted in Cuban Traditional music from the 1920’s to the 40’s. Best playing Danzon, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Son, Guaracha and Boleros!
Cuban band
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Tradicional Cubano is deeply rooted in Cuban Traditional music from the 1920’s and 40’s. It's founder, Jose Zalba-Smith, son of Javier Zalba (former member of Irakere, Cubanismo and the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra), is strongly committed to continue his father's legacy. Javier Zalba has strong links to the band and performs with them in both Cuba and the UK. The group takes inspiration from composers such as Miguel Matamoros, Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Sindo Garay, Benny More and many more. Tradicional Cubano have performed in a wide range of venues across the UK including The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh Suffolk, National Theatre, Forge, The Cuban Moorgate, The Savoy, The Langham, St James’s Church Piccadilly, St Peter’s Notting Hill, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and The Duke of Cumberland in Whitstable, to mention a few. Jose and Tradicional Cubano are in demand and currently touring England and Wales. They also run successful educational music projects at the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Oxford Flute Summer School, Philippa Davies International Flute Summer School, The Scottish International Flute Summer School and the Royal Birmingham Music Conservatoire.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
World music, Cuban music
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Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Buena Vista Social Club Songs plus
Son de la Loma
Lagrimas Negras
Capullito de Aleli
Sabor a mi
Drume Negrita
El cuarto de Tula
La mujer de Antonio
El platanal de Bartolo


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£650
Up to 3 hours£900


From customers:

Royal D, 7 years ago

It doesn't get more authentic than this!

John C, 5 years ago

What a fantastic band, incredible musicians!