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From Cuba, with laughs
From Cuba, with laughs

The Cuban Brothers personify the fun side of music. Their shows are energetic, humorous and always varied. They have been hired to perform for the likes of Robbie Williams and Elton John, and are a staple on the festival scene.

Under his Miguel Mantovani moniker, Mike Keat tells us from London that the fun-loving trio rarely have disagreements.

"Not much, to be honest. I'm the boss but I'm not a dictator in the evil sense," Keat laughs. "We're lucky that we rarely argue because I know a lot of groups have their creative differences. Artistically, we have no real problem talking about the direction our music and live show should head."

If you have never experienced the Cuban Brothers live it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and Keat describes what can be expected from the showcase.

"We have a new album coming out soon and so we'll be covering material from that. It's a new show that we've put together but of course it encompasses lots of dancing, improvisation and humour. It's hard to describe what you'll witness because it's never the same."

Keat says the band seem to be enjoying a growing popularity in WA. "I'll never forget a guy the last time round who hopped on-stage and showed his monkey, so to speak," he laughs.

Not only do the Cuban Brothers remain occupied with touring and making music, they are also involved in the film and literary scene.

"It's been a very busy year," Keat says. "My Japanese lovechild (and band mate) Kengo san has just released a self-help book that he spent about four years writing, Archerio is still wiping the dance floor with his moves and I appeared as possibly the meanest character in Plan B's movie, Ill Manors. It's been pretty much non-stop, but a lot of fun."


The West Australian

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