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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 (aka 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 (now an accomplished multi-instrumentalist), 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.

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