Cuban Timba band Havana D’Primera
guarantees a swinging audience when they start to play. Founded by Alexander Abreu in 2008, the band was formed by a collective of musicians in the Cuban music scene, numbering 17 members in total. Abreu is considered one of the best trumpeters of his generation, and is also a skilled composer, singer, and bandleader. Many consider the band’s hit single Me Dicen Cuba
the new national anthem of Cuba. Havana D’Primera have been at Curaçao North Sea Jazz before: in 2016 they were part of Sergio George’s project The Cuban Affair. Fusing rhythms across salsa, jazz, funk, and Afro-Cuban, the band have released four studio albums so far. The latest is 2018’s Cantor Del Pueblo
, which landed them their second Latin Grammy nomination for Best Salsa Album.