Adonis Puentes has the gift to see both the past and the present of Cuban music. And,on Vida, his solo debut, he shows that he is uniquely qualified to straddle the generations, embodying a contemporary vision of a true Cuban Sonora.
Such a gift cannot be acquired or cultured, you have to been born with it, as was Adonis and his fraternal twin brother, Alexis on March 29th, 1974 in Havana, Cuba, sons of guitar player and instructor, Valentin Puentes. The boys grew up 45 miles southwest of old Havana in Artemisa, literally across the street from the small town's cultural centre.The musical traditions of Cuba were a daily occurrence at the centre. Two or three bands would rehearse there each week and it was also the site of major concert performances.
With the ground so rich for musical exploration, it was natural that Adonis would first, learn guitar from his father at age 6 and then, join his first ensemble, which was made up of 24 children. The group became media darlings, touring all over Cuba, performing at the major festivals and for TV shows, often rubbing shoulders with Cuban music's elite. Adonis started to exercise his most distinctive gift when he turned 14, giving voice to many different bands. Before leaving his teens behind, Adonis would fall completely in love with traditional Cuban sounds and begin writing the first expressions of his own music.
In 1995, Valentin Puentes formed a family band with his twin sons and came to North America, touring Canada and recording a cassette called Los Puentes. Upon returning to Cuba, Adonis competed in a national TV show called Mi Salsa and, as one of the finalists, his reputation throughout his island home continued blossom as his vocal talents became increasingly in demand among prominent salsa bands in Havana's competitive music scene.