Tradicional Cubano is deeply rooted in Cuban Traditional music from the 1920’s and 40’s. It's founder, Jose Zalba-Smith, son of Javier Zalba (former member of Irakere, Cubanismo and the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra), is strongly committed to continue his father's legacy. Javier Zalba has strong links to the band and performs with them in both Cuba and the UK. The group takes inspiration from composers such as Miguel Matamoros, Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Sindo Garay, Benny More and many more.

One of the best examples of Cuban Tradicional Music playing.
Javier Zalba
Former of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra

You heard them, you loved them and now, by popular demand, they’re back!
Tradicional Cubano gets right down to the vibrant roots of Cuban music, and the results are sensational... ...Latin American music simply doesn’t get any more authentic than this.Royal welsh College of Music and Drama

Tradicional Cubano have performed in a wide range of venues across the UK including The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh Suffolk, National Theatre, Forge, The Cuban Moorgate, The Savoy, The Langham, St James’s Church Piccadilly, St Peter’s Notting Hill, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and The Duke of Cumberland in Whitstable, to mention a few.

Jose and Tradicional Cubano are in demand and currently touring England and Wales. They also run successful educational music projects at the Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Oxford Flute Summer School, Philippa Davies International Flute Summer School, The Scottish International Flute Summer School and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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