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MONTUNO CUBANO

WHO WE ARE

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JORGE PEÑA

Composer, Lead Vocals, Requinto

Jorge Peña is the composer, lead vocalist, and he plays the requinto, an instrument that looks like a guitar, but it is shorter, wider, and tuned higher so it has a bright sound.

 

He is from Santiago de Cuba which is widely recognized as the birthplace of traditional Cuban music and it is famous for a variety of genres including timba, salsa, bolero, and son. Jorge writes about his family, his country, and life experiences in Cuba. He uses the rhythms he learned from his musical family and from a generation of legendary Cuban musicians.

 

Jorge is a Permanent Resident of Canada and lives in Prince Edward Island.

MARK CARR-ROLLITT

Latin Percussion

On Latin percussion 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 to study the evolution of complex rhythms

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THE BAND

Bass & Backup Vocals

Chris Martell is 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. 

 

Alternatively on bass is Devin Hornby.

LUIS PEÑA

Guitar & Vocals

For a limited engagement the summer of 2024, Jorge’s brother, Luis Peña, will be on guitar and vocals.

 

Jorge and Luis have been performing together for 25 years as  Hermanos Peña, the Peña Brothers.

They have performed many times in Europe and worked for four years in Spain.

 

Jorge and Luis’ tight, flawless, sibling harmonies are captivating. 

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