Alonso Brito

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Alonso Brito
Born (1949-04-27) 27 April 1949 (age 69)
La Habana, Cuba
GenresLatin
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVoice
Years active2006–present
LabelsCondor Entertainment
Websitewww.candorrecords.com/alonsobrito/
MembersAlonso Brito
Inocente Alvarez
Rigoberto Lopez
Raul Pineda
Luis Eric Gonzalez
Juliana Munoz
Ariel Moya
Fabrizio Gazzola
Chris McClure
Andy Abad

Alonso Brito (born 1950) is a Latin, alternative, salsa singer, songwriter born in Havana, Cuba. The Los Angeles Times has compared him to "part Mick Jagger, part Caetano Veloso, and part Desi Arnaz on acid"[1] and as a face for Los Angeles salsa music. During his time in Miami as a socialite he was known to have owned many nightclubs and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Barry Gibb and Donald Fagen.

Life and music career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Brito was born in La Havana, Cuba in 1950. At the age of 10, a year after Fidel Castro took power in 1960, Brito was forced to leave due to political and civil unrest.

Moving to Miami at a young age he attended an all-boys Catholic prep school. Somewhat Catholic he still practiced Buddhism as well as Afro-Cuban Santería.

Musical Rise[edit]

Brito's first instrument was the drum, which he played in psychedelic rock bands.

He fronted hard-working bands such as Watchdog and Beat Poets, dabbling in styles from smooth jazz, reggae, and British pop to a Latin-tinged style dubbed "troparock."

In Miami, he was known as Dennis Britt; an eclectic musician, nightclub manager, and a night time socialite who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Barry Gibb and Donald Fagen. After separating from his wife he became a fixture of the Miami music scene during the '80s and '90s. "The singer spent his life as a bohemian troubadour, playing in bars, working in various bands and writing songs."[2]

As a respected songwriter he moved to Nashville in the 90s to help write songs for Raul Malo and The Mavericks; contributing to the country band's Grammy-award winning playlists writing for their song "Things I Cannot Change.”

Alonso Brito moved to Los Angeles in 2006, signed with Candor Entertainment and is currently working on the record Santo Bueno to be released in 2008.

Discography[edit]

Album Year released
Santo EP 2008
Santo Bueno 2008

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alonso Brito left Cuba, but it never left him". Los Angeles Times. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  2. ^ "With 57 years of anonymity leaves Alonso Brito". NewsOK. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008.[dead link]

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