In 2001, Keko Virán travelled to Cuba to meet Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Cachaíto Lopez – his idols from the “Buena Vista Social Club” and to embrace the essence of the country and the people that inspired the rich, earthy roots of modern Cuban music.
The trip inspired the formation of Australia’s premier Latin band, with a nod to the Buena Vista through its strong Cuban Son foundations. ‘The idea was to create a small musical group to research and promote rhythmic Afro-Latin styles and have a whole lot of fun with it along the way.’
As if channelling the very essence of Cuban street music, Keko fronts the energetic and talented group of musicians including Cuban tres instrumentalist Nikos Krápalos, bassist Sergio Fredes, and Afro-Cuban percussionists Lui Poblete and Sebastian Orellana. Theirs is the only traditional Cuban band to be recognised by the Cuban Ambassador in Australia.