Son 14

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Formed in Santiago, Cuba, in 1977 by vocalist Eduardo ‘El Tiburon’ Morales (1935, Cuba) and pianist/musical director Adalberto Alvarez, Son 14, as their name would suggest, are a 14-piece band playing ‘son’, Cuba’s national musical style. In 1978 Lazaro Rosabal (b. 1953, Santiago, Cuba) joined the group. They recorded a number of albums for the local EGREM label, many of which became bestsellers throughout Latin America. The band also toured extensively across America and Europe. In 1992 co-founder Alvarez left the band to form his own group. Undaunted, Son 14 continued, with Rosabal taking over as musical director. As well as continued success within the Latin market, the band also began to gain recognition internationally, firstly with the song ‘El Son De La Madrugada’ which featured on the Earthworks Records compilation Cuba - Fully Charged (1993), and then with the release of Son - The BIG SOUND (1995), a compilation of the...

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