New Release


Chino Pons and Grupo Irek
- Mueve Despacito


Cuban singer Chino Pons with his Grupo Irek has created this upbeat album that draws its influences from a wide range of Cuban music such as Son Cubano, Cha-Cha-Chá and Afro-Cuban traditional songs all with an exciting and catchy contemporary twist.


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The highly popular NYC-based Cuban singer, Chino Pons and his band Grupo Irek, are pleased to announce the release of their second studio album on the newly created label Guanabacoa Records. “Mueve Despacito” is a highly danceable album, consisting of mostly original material written by Chino Pons, his uncle Chiquitico Sotomayor, and several other composers.


Recorded in New York City over 2013 – 2014, “Mueve Despacito” features Chino Pons on vocals, core members of Grupo Irek playing (Tosso Hettinger – tres, Hensy Perez – bass, Eddy Valentin – percussion) as well as numerous special guests, including Jacob Plasse, who both played guitar on and engineered the album.


Chino describes the inspiration for this record in his own words: “Although I began my artistic career later in my life, from a young age I was constantly surrounded by musicians and dancers from the 1940s and 1950s. Growing up in this environment of traditional music, these people had a great influence on me; they inspired me to create this album. Listening to my relatives gave me a solid base in Son Cubano. Also, absorbing their knowledge of Rumba, Yambu, Cha-Cha-Chá, Chaonda and other Caribbean rhythms lead me to create something with a new, more modern sound while still maintaining many elements of traditional Cuban music.


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