WORLD MUSIC WITH CUBAN INFLUENCE
KUUKUMINA performs modern world music. The band´s recipe is the combination of the Afro Cuban rhythms with elements from other music cultures. Put together it creates an irresistible call to dance.
Five friends founded Kuukumina in 1999. Very soon after the beginning the music style was stabilized: traditional Cuban music, and especially son. Since the band has grown into a septet and created very personal sound.
Kuukumina has released three albums. The first, Siempre pa´lante (2009), is very traditional consisting of Vili Mustalampi´s compositions in different Cuban music styles. The second, Circular (2010), is an album of Kuukumina´s music for the circus performance, Talvisirkus Sika, at the Dance Theater Hurjaruuth,
where Kuukumina worked as a live-band. The music of the third album,
Kámina, (Rockadillo, 2012) borrows elements from different cultures and combines them with those of Cuba. The strongest influences come mainly from
the music of the Middle East, the music of the Andean region and the Spanish flamenco. Recently Kuukumina has been working for a new album that will be totally in Finnish.
In 2008 Kuukumina travelled to Santiago de Cuba, the birthplace of the son music. The band had five concerts including the one in the legendary La Casa de la Trova. In addition to Cuba Kuukumina has performed abroad in Sweden and Russia.
In 2009 Kuukumina became an artist of the Konserttikeskus, an agency that
organizes concerts in schools. During 2009-2012 Kuukumina had more than 150 school concerts around Finland.
In 2013 Kuukumina´s dream came true. The band performed in Maailma Kylässä -festival together with one of their idols, Sierra Maestra. The cooperation of these two bands gave birth to the documentary, Viva el Son! (Eläköön Son!), which can been seen here below.
VILI MUSTALAMPI: tres-guitar, voice
MIKKO RAJALA: guitar, violin, voice
RICARDO PADILLA: percussion, voice
TERO RANTANEN: percussion, voice
JUUSO HANNUKAINEN: percussion
JANINA LEHTO: flute, voice
TIMO YLÖNEN: bass
Kámina (2012, Rockadillo)
Circular (2010) Siempre pa'lante (2009)
Kuukumina EP (2004)