Afro-Cuban Roots, Salsa, Timba
"Adonis Puentes is a key personality in the ever expanding latin music scene. He opens up the marvelous world of Cuban music to his audiences the
second they hear his rich voice. When the other players kick in with their
tight, multilayered groove it becomes clear that in Adonis Puentes we also have
a bandleader with major cred."
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Booking & Management :
Adonis Puentes - Lead Vocals, Composer, Percussionist, and Producer
Bass + Piano + Timbales and Drum Kit + Congas + Bongos + Backup Vocals + Saxophone
Music reflects the present and Adonis Puentes is a Cuban Sonero for our times.
It's a role he was destined to play. On March 29th, 1974, Adonis was born into an atmosphere charged with Cuban music. His family lived 45 miles southwest of Havana, Cuba in the town of Artemisa. Father, Valentin Puentes taught music and played guitar, and he wasted little time before passing on his gifts to Adonis and his fraternal twin brother, Alexis (now better known as Alex Cuba). Already at the age of 6, Adonis was playing with a Children's Guitar Ensemble formed by Valentin. By the time he was 14, he was singing and writing his own music.
Though his musical talents were undeniable, his ability to shine as a performer emerged later still. At 21, Adonis entered and became one of the finalists of 'Mi Salsa', a Salsa/Son singing competition that was broadcast throughout Cuba on television. His performance caught the attention of the nation and his notoriety began to soar.
Three years after an initial tour of Canada with his brother and father in 1995, Adonis came back to start a new life as a proud Cuban-Canadian. Along with his brother Alexis, The Puentes Brothers would record their first CD called Morumba Cubana. The disc caught the ears of the Canadian music industry that rewarded the brothers in 2001 with a Juno Award nomination (the Canadian Grammy), as well as a West Coast Music Award and a Canadian Independent Music Award.
After such a warm reception in his adopted home, Adonis was ready to take a giant step forward toward the realization of his personal musical vision. In 2005, he released his first solo album called 'Vida' or 'Life'. Containing a diverse and dance-friendly collection of original, contemporary takes on Cuban tradition, radio programmers nationally began spinning their favorites and Vida ended up on many Top 10 charts. The video single for 'Commerciante' entered Much More Music's Top 5. In his West Coast home, Adonis received the Island Music Award for Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Canada's National broadcasting service, the CBC, recorded Adonis LIVE for a national audience. And, his growing reputation as a gifted singer spread South as well as he continued to tour and perform on radio, television and in concert in the USA.
The work has been done; the skills have been learned and now is the time for Adonis Puentes to add a fresh voice to the list of great Cuban soneros. As if to receive one final, ringing endorsement, Adonis recorded lead vocals with Legendary Percussionist Orestes Vilato whose album 'It's About Time' received a Latin Grammy Nomination in 2009.
Even Juan de Marcos, one of the masterminds behind the Buena Vista Social Club project and leader of the groundbreaking Afro-Cuban Allstars calls Adonis, 'Verdadero Sonero,' 'A True Sonero'. To date, Adonis has shared stages with illustrious Latin music legends like Celia Cruz, Oscar De Leon, Juan De Marcos and The Afro Cuban All Stars, Paquito De Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Orlando Valle 'Maraca,' Cuban Timba All Stars, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pianist Hilario Duran, Jane Bunnett and Pancho Quinto, as well as Jazz greats Hubert Laws, and Kenny Burrell.
In 2010 Adonis was invited to join legendary pianist Larry Harlow to perform his 'La Raza Latina' composition at Lincoln Center, New York, alongside renwoned Salsa Star, Ruben Blades. At the end of the year, Adonis Puentes entered the studio to record the lead vocals for radio personality and bandleader Jose Rizo's Mongorama. The record features highly-acclaimed instrumentalists Justo Almario, Oscar Hernandez, Hubert Laws, Poncho Sanchez, Danilo Lozano and Ramon Banda. The album was released in the Summer of 2011 with National US radio play and climbed to number 3 on Jazz Week World Music Charts. You can expect a second solo album, currently in the works, from Adonis Puentes later this year.
Adonis thrives on the growth and acclaim for his original sonero sound. As he puts it, "I feel like a messenger of my roots and tradition, blessed that with me I have taken my music and heritage to many different places in the world; from Cuba, to Canada, USA, Mexico, Asia and Europe. My mission is to make you dance and enjoy my melodies and rhythms." His music bridges generations and cultures with a charisma and delivery that shines brighter than life in intimate or full-blown arrangements, from solo performances with piano or guitar accompaniment to fronting orchestras. Throughout history, these traits have been characteristic to the great soneros and this is the time for Adonis Puentes.
It's About Time-2009