Kuukumina

Kuukumina

Take a little bit of Son, combine it with Rumba and dip it in Salsa. Mix with Flamenco and Samba. Cooked in the Kuukupot, the outcome is unpredictable.


Kuukumina is a 7 piece orchestra from Helsinki, Finland. Since their foundation in 1999, they have been playing Afro-Cuban and World music to ever-growing audiences in Finland and abroad. Their successful recipe is very simple: Take a little bit of Son, combine it with Rumba and dip it in Salsa. Mix with Flamenco and Samba. Cooked in the Kuukupot, the outcome is unpredictable. But beware – it’s always spicy!

Kuukumina’s repertoire consists of original music that combines different musical styles from South America, Africa and the Middle East, but closest to their hearts is the pulse of Afro-Cuban music. It is no accident that Kuukumina started performing Afro-Cuban music – the father of the brothers Vili and Tero, Heikki Lajunen, was a member of Septeto Son, the first band in Finland devoted to Cuban Son-music.

Kuukumina has played at clubs, parties and numerous festivals in Finland, such as Pori Jazz, Ilosaari and Kaustinen to name a few. They have also opened shows for Latin music giants like Eddie Palmieri and Sierra Maestra. Outside of Finland they have performed in Cuba, Sweden and Russia. In 2010 the band was part of Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth´s Winter Circus.

Their journey to the roots of Cuban music was fulfilled with a concert tour to Santiago de Cuba in 2008, after which they released their first album Siempre pa’lante. The latest album Kámina was released by Rockadillo records in March 2012.

This Rumba can't be stopped! ¡hasta luego!

Vili Mustalampi    -    vocals, trés
Janina Lehto    -    vocals, flute
Mikko Rajala    -    vocals, violin, guitar
Tero Rantanen    -    vocals, percussions
Ricardo Padilla    -    vocals, percussions
Juuso Hannukainen    -    percussions
Timo Ylönen    -    double bass

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