Cuba uses sounds of home in unique way
Speaking earlier this month to The Commercial Appeal, Cuban-born singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, who performs Saturday at Young Avenue Deli, was characteristically cool about the Latin then-upcoming Grammy Awards, where he was a first-time nominee.
“I don’t know if we are going to win or not, but I think there’ll be a lot of fun things around to do,” Cuba said from his current home in Smithers, British, Columbia, about 400 miles northwest of Vancouver. “In general, I’m looking forward to being down in Vegas and enjoying a little bit of hot weather.”
When the statues were handed out Nov. 11, however, Cuba broke more than a sweat. Though he lost the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Album for his eponymous third release, he was named Best New Artist, becoming, in the process, the first Canadian to win a Latin Grammy. He was joined a little while later by countrywoman Nelly Furtado, who won Best Female Pop Vocal Album for her Spanish-language debut, Mi Plan, of which Cuba co-wrote more than half.
That one of America’s hottest Latin music stars should be a Cuban who resides in Canada is a strange turn of events, but it’s entirely in keeping with Cuba’s own artistic style, a wholly original pastiche of