Yotuel (Me, you, him in Spanish), not simply a contraction of pronouns, rather different styles of very original music that have converted him into an innovative artist that will surely generate a great impact on radio and the international scene.
Yotuel is a pioneer in the music industry. He set the before and after markers of the urban genre in Cuba. Before obtaining 2 Latin Grammys with his urban band Orishas established in France, he was a clandestine cook in Cuba, scavenged for food out of trash cans in Paris and worked as a Salsa teacher, model, actor and driver. A dreamer, an artist, a musician.
He started off on the streets of Havana with a Rap group called Amenaza (threat) and became the leader of an urban movement in his Caribbean island.
Yotuel's story is one of personal triumph. He has followed and fought hard for his dreams knowing he will reach them through disciplined, focused hard work! Always vibrant, very much alive, he's not one to shy away from challenges and there isn't an oportunity he hasn't or will not the most of.
In pursuit of his first big break and hoping to materialize one of his first dreams; a contract with a record label, the chance to tour the world with his band and being able to create and work on his own records that would later achieve gold record status, Yotuel arrived from Havanas Malecon and became a homeless musician in Paris metro for the first six months of what would be his new life.
When he was a member of Orishas, his music, a unique fusion in its genre, allowed them to create new musical styles, crossing borders which harvested triumph amung the hip hop, pop, rock and Latin music public.
This young self-taught musician has worked with some of the most important producers of the industry and has shared stage with legends such as Compay Segundo, Los Van Van, Iggy Pop, Cypress Hill, Macy Gray, Manu Chao and Deftones.
Yotuel has performed in prestigious world festivals such as: Lowlands7 (Holland), Rosckilde Festival (Denmark) and Rock and Rio (Portugal and Spain).
The prestigious American magazine Time published a special edition that included the 100 best bands in history compiled by famed world musical critics. The list included Radiohead and The Beatles and included Orishas as the only Hispanic band among the 100.
Besides his work as a musician and producer, he has acted on television (starring role in Un paso adelante (a step forward) broadcasted in Spain by Antena 3).
At the end of 2012 he participated as a judge in the reality musical "OT La Banda" on Argentina's Telefé TV network.
In the movie industry a highlight would be his participation in "Perfecto Amor Equivocado (Perfectly Wrong Love)" directed by Gerardo Chijona (a Spanish-Cuban coproduction), and in "El Baile de San Juan (The San Juan dance)" (a Spanish-Mexican coproduction).
His songs have been incorporated into movie soundtracks of international films such as: Fast and Furious (Vin Diesel) and Bad Boys II (Will Smith, Martin Lawrence) among others.
His charisma and energy easily made him the undisputed leader of "Orishas", a musical band that has won 2 Latin Grammys; "Best Urban album" in 2003 with their record "Emigrante (Migrant) and "Best Alternative Song" in 2007 with their duo with Calle 13 called "Pal Norte (Northwards)".
He has been nominated to 6 more Latin Grammys and has two nominations for the American Grammys in 2004 and 2008 under the "Best Latin Album" category for "Emigrante (Migrant)" and "Antidiotico (Anti-idiotic)".
Yotuel is not your typical rock star. He has always led a healthy life, he doesnt drink alcohol, works out at the gym on a daily basis and sticks to a strict healthy diet.
This self-made musician, producer, composer and actor also has a natural talent as a cook. For him his kitchen is a sanctuary,
another place where he can mix ingredients fromdifferent countries to create new things that inspire him. As a good Latino, his passion for music and cooking connects him with his heritage. When Yotuel sings and cooks, he does it to seduce his fans and his guests.
He is currently in Miami adding the finishing touches to his first solo musical album under the Sony Music Latino label coproduced by Rayito.
His first single is: "Me Gustas (I like you)".
"[One of] the 10 best bands on planet Earth: Orishas- Combines lyrical wizardry with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms to make cutting-edge hip-hop"
"Since its heralded debut in 1999, this expatriate Cuban hip-hop trio has made remarkable artistic leaps, refining its unique fusion of traditional Cuban music with the most valued aspects of rap, minus the misogyny and materialism . The street elegance of Orishas' style is matched by the sophistication of its themes. a silky, organic fusion that [is] uplifting for the soul and enticing for the feet."
"Orishas is among the most musically refreshing [groups] hip-hop has ever produced... It's also a historical, sociological, and musicological lesson that can be partied to. What else can you ask for? Orishas speaks with the tongue of the gods."
"This is the music of the future Cuba... this is Orishas Orishas has lorded over Latino hip-hop since their 1999 debut.. Their Reputation rests on an invigorating alchemy of old and new Latin-American rhythms.. Orishas go after the big boys: social injustice, world poverty Orishas are masters of Cuba's written varied musical heritage, but what is more exciting is how they seamlessly graft hip-hop onto complex genres such as the stately rumba, the fast-paced guaguancó, and other frenetic rhythms of the Caribbean Orishas bring joy out of even the darkest of situation"
[One of] the 10 best bands on planet Earth
"ORISHAS "Antidiótico" The politics are complicated, but the music is a pleasure for Orishas, a tuneful hip-hop group of Cuban expatriates who now live in Paris, Milan and Madrid. On this compilation their singing and rapping styles are so diverse that they can sound like a different group on each track. Orishas often draws on old Cuban music rumbas, sones, boleros for songs (almost all in Spanish) about cultural pride and the country's current hard times. Even earnest messages arrive with a grin."