Taiwan Carol is a worldwide leader in microphones, wireless audio, public address systems and mobile audio technology. Constantly striving to improve your audio experience, Taiwan Carol employs the finest sound technology along with their 134 patents and more than 20 international awards.
Authentic Latin Music Catalog for SYNC - TV & Film Music
Cuba based rap duo, Zona Franka, blends traditional rhythms with the grit and swagger of hip-hop and rap vocal phrasings. Their clever shout choruses create instant tropical dance classics using their unique self-titled "changui con flow" style.

Raul Lara

Home Base Established Albums Charts
Gotemburg, Sweden 1983 1 0
This artist has albums available.
Contact us to license Latin music.
Click on each album title for an expanded view.
Album Name Preview Style Price
Cubano Soy
Alternative text
Son $7.99 Buy_now_audio
Cuban singer, percussionist, composer and leader of the Swedish musical group "Raúl Lara y sus Soneros". Raúl's musical experience in his island homeland included an extended period of study with master percussionist José Luis Quintana "Changuito".

About Raúl Lara: Raúl was born on Valentines Day, February 1965, in the quarters of San Martín, El Cerro, just behind the Plaza de la Revolution in Havana, Cuba. In a family of dancers and musicians, music came natural to Raúl. For as long as he can remember, he has loved, listened to and played Cuban music.

In the 80's Raúl was playing with different groups at Casa de Cultura in Cuba. He was tutored by José Luis Quintana, also known as Changuito, one of the world's top percussionists. At the same time Raúl started off his professional career with different groups playing mainly the large hotels in Havana, for example the Hotel Itabo and Hotel Mar Azul.

Raúl Lara y sus Soneros - primer álbum como solista de Raúl Lara In 1990 Raúl packed his bags and moved to Sweden. Since then he has continued playing with different groups like Timba Odara, Rey Changó, Son Entero and Laroye. Always cherishing the collaboration with his brother Rolando Lara, Raúl has toured the northern parts of Europe, where his expertise with latin rhythms has not limited him to explore jazz, different kinds of African music, Caribbean, Pop, and European Folk Music. But his soul is, and always will be, steadily rooted in the Afro-Cuban tradition.

Since the early years in Sweden Raúl has evolved as a composer, with his own unique sound and influences from the different iconic sounds of Cuba: Rumba, Bolero, Danzón and Son. Raúl also has his own way with the lyrics of his songs. They tend to contain references to everyday life on Cuba, as well as the African Cuban religion, Santeria, which plays an important part of his life. He has also been recognized as a composer on different occasions. Raúl has formed a number of salsa and son groups of his own, but never has he been so close to his preferred sound as with his new group, Raúl Lara y sus Soneros.

About Raúl Lara y sus Soneros: The awarded composer, singer and percussionist, Raúl Lara, has formed a dream team of ten Cuban and Swedish Son musicians - one of Europe's absolute top Cuban groups.

Raúl Lara y sus Soneros - primer álbum como solista de Raúl Lara

The group relies on the traditional son configuration - a couple of vocalists, two trumpets, piano, bass, tres, timbales, congas, and bongos combined with other typical Cuban percussion such as claves, maracas and güiro. All music and lyrics are written by Raúl himself. The musicians Raúl has gathered are all well-known and have touring experience with some of the biggest stars of Cuban music, such as Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portundo, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Azucar Negra, Adalberto Álvarez and Soneros All Stars.

The result is pure Cuban joy. Raúl Lara y sus Soneros has been touring Scandinavia since 2009. Be sure to check out Raúl's first release as a solo artist: Raúl Lara y sus Soneros CUBANO SOY.