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Maykel Blanco


Maykel Blanco was born on January 21, 1981 in Havana, in a family that has nothing to do with music. But he liked listening different radio music programs and their parents were very good dancers; he enjoyed listening and humming popular songs. Since he was very little, he used to be involved in school cultural activities, as well as in his neighborhood and in different public places, where he sang, danced and imitated artists in fashion, sometimes with saucepans, boxes or anything that might be percussed.

At the age of 12, he began to study percussion at night school "Geraldo Guanche", later on, at the conservatory "Amadeo Roldan". When he was just 15 years old, he established his own group, and began to obtain great successes in the movement of amateur artists receiving multiple awards.
At 18 years old, he formed his first orchestra: "Suprema Lay", associated to the "Centro Provincial de la Mu´sica Rafael Somavilla" in the province of Matanzas. Just 2 years later as the orchestra was created, the record company (label) "Envidia Record" from Spain, included them in their catalog.
The young Maykel working very hard will produce over 10 CDs, and recording as a percussionist in more than 40 CDs and will compose a big part of the songs of the Jazz group « Habana Express ».

In 2005 he assumed the musical direction of "Salsa Mayor", devoting all his energy, creative and his musical talent to it, would receive 5 nominations and an award as "The Best Art Direction”.

Within a short time we find him at the head of the musical programs of the country. From 2007 Maykel Blanco as director of his orchestra, becomes one of the main representatives of the Cuban music in various countries of the world, mainly Europe. He realizes international tours also in important festivals. In Italy he receives the price of the " Better Group of Cuban popular music ", in the years years 2006-2007. The same year he receives the price of the best concert live in Paris, in France. This young 32-year-old musician remains faithful to the Cuban popular music, and is called " musical Machine of Cuba ": " La Maquina de Cuba.

Between 2010 y 2015, he realizes tours in Europe, Colombia, United States, Mexico, Argentine, Russia, Japon, China, Canada, and Peru. In 2016, he realizes successful tours in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and United States and in Europe in more than 25 cities.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/23/2018: Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor

Come and bring your dance shoes to enjoy an unforgettable concert with Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, one of the top 5 Cuban salsa bands from the Island!

Maykel Blanco