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Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium | SELF

Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium | SELF
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"Abriendo Caminos review"

Directed by the ex-Pupy y los que Son Son trombonist Andrés "El Paisa" Fernández Ordoñez, this Belguim based orchestra presents its second release. Creative arrangements mark the great original compositions and tight performance. Special guests include singer José "Pepito" Gómez (track 4) and pianist Marc Bishoff (tracks 6 & 8). The production is a result of the quest for new interpretations of popular Cuban music. Its success lies on the successful mix of Afro-Cuban traditions with bachata, salsa, jazz, puertorican bomba and other caribbean rhythms. Highly Recommended.
Contrabando performs "World Music" and is constantly looking for new ideas -mixing Afro-Cuban music with blues, hiphop, reggae and other Caribbean vibes. The band was formed only 4 years ago. The band has peformed with great success in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and Luxembourg.

The songs have a social context and are dedicated to life, love, relationships and women. Among them we meet Juana, Maria and La Vida -all written by Andrés Fernández Ordoñez "El Paisa".

Contrabando is a band of young Cuban musicians directed by Andrés Fernández Ordoñez (El Paisa) -former trombonist of the iconic Cuban group Pupy y Los Que Son, Son. Before starting with Contrabando, el Paisa also performed with Enrique Alvarez y La Charanga Latina, Manolín, El Médico de la Salsa and Klimax.

The summer concerts of 2005 started with the well known park festivals in Ronse, Halle, Kapellen, Roeselare, Vilvoorde, Deinze and Wevelgem. Next to these concerts they performed in Fiesta Foyer in St-Niklaas, The Square (Astrid Plaza Hotel), Axxes and Café Local in Antwerpen, Gentse Feesten, Puurs Lof, Mest-up Festival in Buggenhout and they took care for already two successive years of the Caribbean sphere in the centre of Mechelen on the "Mechelse Salsa". They were responsible for the entertainment on the brilliant revelation of a new Mercedes type at Automobielbedrijf VDH and took care of the right musical touch on marriages, private and birthday parties. Besides live performances our musicians recorded a trailer for a radio and TV commercial concerning the promotion of a Belgian bank. -

"Abriendo caminos cd reviews"

The second released of Contrabando, band led by Andrés “El Paisa” Fernández Ordoñez, has brought new sound, particularly, i am impressed about this band, “Abriendo Caminos” is the title of this new Cd, it brings good arrangements mix with influences of afrocuban rhythms,comes with special guests, Pepito Gomez & Marc Bishoff, i like the song sung by Pepito Gomez “Solo un Beso ” and “el frutero”, the album comes with many other rhythms such bachata,salsa,jazz, etc. this band has a promising future.CD highly recomended. -


En Mi Habana, Contrabando, 2007, Sabam, Contrabando 0308 (c) (p).

Abriendo Caminos, Contrabando, 2010, Sabam, Contrabando 3322 (c) (p)



Contrabando is a musical project under leadership of Andrés Fernández Ordoñez and consists of young Cuban musicians sparkling of talent and new ideas within the popular Cuban music.  The own compositions are a successful mix of musical trends such as Songo, Flamenco, Blues, Jazz, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban rhythms, with respect towards the original Cuban characteristics.  They involve social themes and illustrate life, love and the woman in person.  During the past years the project has expanded itself into Contrabando of today: an energetic Cuban band with a divers repertoire who knows to move his public!