Centre de Congrès / Scène Goldcorp – Éléonore / Rouyn-Noranda
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Adonis Puentes was destined to be a music star. Sabor a Café, nominated as
World Music Album Of The Year at 2014 Canadian Juno Awards, his latest
CD and first collection of all self-composed original songs, fulfills the Cuban-
Canadian singer’s destiny.
Adonis Puentes has been nominated for a Juno Award and garnered a
Grammy Award nomination for his lead vocalist work with the nine-piece,
L.A.-based Mongorama, directed by well-known radio host Jose Rizo.
He has performed at festivals around the world from South by Southwest in
Austin, Texas to Java Jazz in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“I have traveled the world singing. My mission in life is to share my music,
giving people joy,” Adonis explains. “My new recording captures my poetic
journey, my revelations and my maturing as an artist.”
“I grew up listening to their music,” Adonis enthused. “I shared my song with
them when they were in Victoria. They liked it, and we recorded it in Cuba.
Another Salsa great, Oscar Hernandez arranged three songs and played piano
on Sabor a Café. Guys used to play Oscar Hernandez’s piano solos when we
were in music school in Cuba. Now he’s playing piano on my new
The songs on Sabor a Café ripple with percussive cross rhythms and
lightening-like horn lines that drive the music forward. A crisp studio sound
captures a series of brilliant Salsa and Latin Jazz arrangements so skin-tight
and dance-inducing that listeners might overlook the musician’s profoundly
positive lyrics. It’s a masterful collection of original love songs from a
Chekhov-inspired tribute to love’s power to overcome despair to the joyous
hedonism of Tumbando Mangos and Sabor a Café- the first, comparing
seeking love to knocking mangos from trees, the second describing the taste
of coffee on his lover’s morning kiss.