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BBC Introducing: Cuba Cuba
Cuba Cuba - photo by Danielle Heywood
Lead vocalist Morgan (red shirt) says "one Cuba would have sounded lame"

So good they named themselves twice - Cuba Cuba are the latest powerful melodic rock band to emerge from the south Wales valleys.

Based near Cardiff, they've been working with producer Romesh Dodangoda, whose past credits include Funeral For a Friend and Kids in Glass Houses.

Cuba Cuba appeared on the first compilation CD from music magazine Plugged In and played Surfstock 2008.

The band is working on a debut mini album for release in May or June 2009.

The line up includes:

  • Morgan: vocals, guitars, keyboards, clarinet
  • Danny: keyboards, vocals, guitar, xylophone
  • Sion: guitar, vocals, bass
  • Mike: bass, guitar
  • Lewys: drums, vocals

Cuba Cuba have recorded a session for BBC Radio 1 and appeared on BBC Introducing with Bethan Elfyn on March 19 2009.

Two session tracks were played - Icarus and a cover of Ladyhawke's Paris is Burning - with two more tracks - Somewhere and Fountains - on March 26.


Asked about their origins of their name, Morgan told Bethan that he'd been studying the Caribbean country but thought "one Cuba would have sounded lame" - adding the second Cuba sounded "more powerful".

Currently unsigned, Cuba Cuba hope to follow in the footsteps of illustrious forebears on the Welsh rock scene such as Funeral For a Friend, whose drummer Ryan Richards is their manager.




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