Alex Cuba

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Alex Cuba
Alex Cuba at BSOMF 2015.jpg
Alex Cuba performing at the 2015 Burlington's Sound of Music Festival
Background information
Birth name Alexis Puentes
Born 1974 (age 42–43)
Origin Artemisa, Cuba
Genres Afro-Cuban jazz, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Labels Caracol
Associated acts Nelly Furtado, Adonis Puentes

Alexis Puentes (born 1974),[1] better known by his stage name Alex Cuba, is a Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter who sings in Spanish and English. He has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year: in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. His 2015 album, Healer, earned him a Latin Grammy Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.


Cuba was born in Cuba, spending his childhood in Artemisa, the son of guitar player and music teacher Valentin Puentes. He started playing guitar at age six.[1] As an adult, he shifted into jazz fusion styles. He immigrated to Canada in 1999 after marrying a Canadian in Cuba. In 2003, Cuba moved to Smithers, British Columbia, the hometown of his wife, Sarah, whose father is politician Bill Goodacre.[1][2] They have three children: Daniel, Rose and Owen Puentes.[2]

Collaborators on his debut, Humo De Tabaco, include Ron Sexsmith and Corinne Bailey Rae. "Lo Mismo Que Yo," a duet with Sexsmith, became a hit in the UK Singles Chart, reaching #52.[3][4]

In 2009, he co-wrote and recorded a duet with fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado. "Mi Plan" turned out to be the title track for her fourth studio album of the same name. Cuba co-wrote more than half of the songs on Furtado's album.[2]

His music reflects primarily Latin and African influences, but with a mix of funk, jazz and pop.[1]

He received a Latin Grammy on November 21, 2013.

In 2016 Cuba performed as part of the national Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Award is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement on the music industry. Cuba has received two nominations.[5]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Alex Cuba Best Latin Pop Album Nominated
2016 Healer Best Latin Pop Album Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Alex Cuba has received four award out of five nominations.[6]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 Alex Cuba Best New Artist Won
Alex Cuba Best Male Pop Vocal Album Nominated
2012 "Toma Mi Vida" Best Tropical Song Won
2013 "Eres Tú" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2015 Healer Best Singer-Songwriter Album Won


  1. ^ a b c d Terauds, John (March 22, 2007). "Cuban water drawn from a Canadian well". Toronto Star. p. H6. 
  2. ^ a b c Dunlevy, T'Cha (November 26, 2009). "Smooth and soulful: Alex Cuba, who co-wrote more than half of Nelly Furtado's new Spanish-language album, brings his ever-expanding musical sound to L'Astral", The Gazette, p. C1.
  3. ^ Devlin, Mike (February 8, 2007). "From Cuba to Smithers with a jazz twist". Times-Colonist. p. D6. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 129. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "La lista completa de nominados a los Latin Grammy 2015" (in Spanish). infobae. September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 

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