Manolito Simonet is one of the most renowned musicians in danceable popular music field, one of the masters of Cuban Salsa and Timba, whose work has spread beyond our borders, inspiring both his contemporaries and youngest bands and musicians.
Follower of Juan Formell, Adalberto Álvarez and Puerto Rican rhythms, from an early age Manolito developed a passionate interest in music, especially in percussion, learning it by autodidactic way. Later, he majors in piano and gradually turns into an expert playing tres, guitar and violoncello.
It’s during his time in Maravillas de Florida that Manolito starts becoming popular, above all, because he leads the band toward a new sonority, consisting on using violins to recreate the bass sound. Something quite out of ordinary back then, and extremely appealing.
In 1993 Manolito departures from Maravillas de Florida, to establish his own band El Trabuco, where he strengthens as conductor, composer, arranger and musical producer. Though the band sticks to Timba format, also takes from Guaracha, Cha-cha-cha and sometimes Cumbia, thus enlarging the possibilities of the gender and, therefore, satisfying a bigger audience.
In 2004, their album Locos por mi Habana got record of sales worldwide, a record you should definitely listen not because its commercial success, but because its synthesis of Cuban music identity.