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Maykel Blanco Cuevas, known as Maykel Blanco, is a composer, arranger and musical director born in Havana in 1982.

From a very young age he learned to play percussion, playing rumba in the street, singing and trying to imitate the artists of the moment, accompanied by pots, boxes or any object that could be hit. At the age of 12, he began his percussion and piano studies at the Geraldo Guanche night school, continuing later at the Amadeo Roldán conservatory.

maykel blanco3From the age of 15 he has worked in many groups as a pianist, chorister or arranger, (Abel y La seduction, La Constelacion,  El Gen-Cortés La Banda, a division of the NG La Banda group); at that time he also composed and produced for Tirso Duarte.At that time he aroused the interest of the Spanish record label "Envidia Record", for which he recorded 60 albums as a percussionist and produced more than 15 albums.

In 1996 he formed his first band, "Suprema Ley", with which he would record his first CD, "Ya llegaron los Cubanos”, and later he would be associated with Javier Sotomayor who ran a salsa group, from which he would later cede all his rights and would call "Salsa Mayor". With "Salsa Mayor" he mixes several styles such as Rumba, Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban music, giving rise to some of the best groups of contemporary Cuban music.

In a short time it is placed among the first places in the country's musical programs. Later, at the head of his band, he becomes one of the main maykel blanco2representatives of Cuban music in different countries, mainly in Europe.

In the years 2006-2007, receives in Italy, the prize of "Best Association of popular Cuban music". That same year they awarded him the prize for the best live concert in Paris, France.This 27-year-old musician is no more than a faithful follower of the richness of Cuban popular music, and has been described as "La Máquina musical de Cuba".

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