Descemer Bueno

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Descemer Bueno
Origin Havana, Cuba
Genres Jazz, hip hop
Years active 1990–present

Descemer Bueno (born 1971, Habana Vieja) is a Cuban singer, composer, and producer. His first professional gigs were playing bass with Santiago Feliú, one of Cuba’s greatest troubadours.

Early life[edit]

Bueno was born in Alquizar, La Habana, Cuba. He studied music in Cuba and became a music teacher before forming his jazz combo band Estado de Animo in 1990, which also included guitarist Elmer Ferrer and pianist Roberto Carcassés. His band encountered some success during the 90’s touring in Spain, Bolivia, Uruguay, Germany, and Argentina. Descemer also performed in the United States in 1998 with the jazz ensemble Column B.

During this period, Bueno was artist-in-residence at Stanford University in California, and spent a year teaching at the University of South Africa in Cape Town. In 1999, after moving to New York, Bueno became active in his hip-hop band Yerba Buena writing or co-writing most of the songs for their debut album President Alien.[1] Yerba Buena songs can be heard in several American movies and Pepsi commercials.

Bueno soon moved back to Cuba and began producing, arranging, and composing music for many young Cuban musicians including Haydée for Haydée Milanés, La Isla Milagrosa for William Vivanco, and Breathe for Yusa. He also composed part of the music for the film Havana Blues, being in the group of winners of the 2006 Goya award for Best Original Music.[2] Several of Descemer's songs were in the soundtrack of Habana Eva by Venezuelan director Fina Torres, which won Best Film at New York International Latino Film Festival, and Best Film at Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.[3]

Descemer is also known for his writing skills, being a named "bolerista" to be reckoned with after having written a set of boleros for Fernando Alvarez just before Alvarez' death in 2002.[4]


In 2005 Bueno recorded his first solo album Siete Rayo, a hip-hop fusion album, after signing with Universal Latin. His album featured George Pajon of the Black Eyed Peas. The Batanga magazine wrote then about Bueno, "The underground voice of AfroCuban fusion, Descemer Bueno, is now setting the pace for the future of Latin Music."[5]

Descemer Bueno is currently working on his second solo album and on producing an album for rising star Diana Fuentes.

Bueno has worked with Enrique Iglesias on the latter's albums Euphoria and Sex and Love. He gave Enrique his song "Bailando" that has appeared in Iglesias' new album. The song became an international hit by Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona.[6]


  • 2006  : Goya award for Best Original Music (film Havana Blues)



  • Siete Rayo


Featured in


  1. ^ Bush, John. "President Alien: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Goya Awards 2006". Zinema. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  3. ^ Collazo, Enrique (2007). "Sabe arriba, sabe abajo, sabe por los cuatro costaos Siete Rayo, el último trabajo de Descemer Bueno". Revista hispano cubana (27): 224–226. ISSN 1139-0883. 
  4. ^ BEN RATLIFF (January 26, 2009). "New CD's: FERNANDO ALVAREZ AND DESCEMER BUENO". Review. New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ de la Cruz, Alfonso (2006). "Presentando". Batanga (17-22): 16–17. 
  6. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (November 2014). "Meet Descemer Bueno, the Talent Behind Enrique Iglesias' Smash Hit 'Bailando'". Billboard. 

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