Maykel Blanco, was born on January 21, 1981 in Havana, in a family that has nothing to do with music. But he liked listening different radio music programs and their parents were very good dancers; he enjoyed listening and humming popular songs. Since he was very little, he used to be involved in school cultural Activities, as well as in his neighbourhood and in different public places, where he sang, danced and imitated artist in fashion, sometimes with saucepans, boxes or anything that might be percussed.
At the age of 12, he began to study percussion at night school “Geraldo Guanche”, later on, at the conservatory “Amadeo Roldan”. When he was just 15 years old, he established his own group, and began to obtain great successes in the movement of amateur artist, receiving multiple awards.
At 18 years old, he formed his first orchestra: “Suprema Ley”, associated to the “Centro Provincial de la Música Rafael Somavilla” in the province of Matanzas. Just 2 years later as the orchestra was created, the record company (label) “Envidia Record” from Spain, included them in their catalog.
The young Maykel working very hard will produce over 10 CDs, and recording as a percussionist in more than 40 CDs and will compose a big part of the songs of the Jazz group “Havana Express”
In 2005 he assumed the musical direction of “Salsa Mayor”, devoting all his energy, creativity and his musical talent to it, will receive 5 nominations and an award as “The Best Art Direction” .
Within a short we we find him at the head of the musical programs of the country. From 2007 Maykel Blanco as director of his orchestra, becomes one of the main representatives of the Cuban music in various countries of the world, mainly Europe. He realises international tours also in important festivals. In Italy he receives the price of the ” Best Group of Cuban popular music “, in the years years 2006-2007. The same year he receives the price of the best concert live in Paris, in France. This young 32-year-old musician remains faithful to the Cuban popular music, and is called ” musical Machine of Cuba “: ” La Maquina de Cuba « .
Further to popular songs such as “Recoge y vete”, “Esto está”, “Cimarrón,” “Que tengo”, “Anda y Pégate,” “Si le gusta repite”, “Quitándome lo malo” among others, he becomes member of UNEAC (Nacional Union of Writers and Arts of Cuba).
In 2010 year of big successes, he realises with success a winter tour in Europe to promote his last CD ” ” SOY LO QUE TE HALA ” with Planet Records;
The same year he receives a price and a tribute in Peru as ” group revelation of the year « .
In 2011 he begins his first tour in LaGn America, in Lima in Peru, with big concerts and a public fan. On returning to Cuba, the label Cuba Bis Music integrates him into its catalog.
In 2011, he realises a winter tour in several countries of Europe, Colombia and United States.
In the same year he begins the production of his new CD ̈A Toda Máquina ̈ with Planet Record in coproduction with Bis Music.
2013 : tour in Mexico at Cancun salsa festival. – Europe tour
2014 : Tour in Argentina then in Europe : France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy in the festival Latinoamericando where he interpreted with the famous international dancer Maykel Fonts : « Dale lo que lleva ».
In October, 2014 he organises a concert for the tenth anniversary of Salsa Mayor. A DVD of this exceptional concert has been done in very high quality : « Cerrando filas ».
« Independientemente de la sonoridad y la excelente edición, Cerrando Filas es la muestra de un concepto musical consolidado durante 10 años, y logra reunir a grandes artista para que opinen de la impronta de Salsa Mayor en el pentagrama nacional, aseguró. »
« Un esfuerzo de creación y dedicación del director, una orquesta que suena bien, con buenos arreglos y un publico que disfruto de principio a fin del espectáculo, siempre esta lleno de satisfacción, tanto por el gusto de ser testigos del triunfo de un artista, como de la vigencia de un género que ademas de ser uno de los capítulos de mayor ingreso para nuestra economía en el campo de la cultura, desde el exterior con la demanda siempre creciente de nuestras orquestas en diversos piases, ha tenido, Gene y tendrá la responsabilidad de representar la fiesta que vive en el alma de un pueblo alegre como el nuestro.
12/10/14 – Tony Pinelli – Cubarte”
They realised a prestigious tour in March, 2015 in numerous countries, closed by an exceptional concert in Martinique.
July/August/September 2015 : successful tours in Canada, Japan, China, Russia
March 2015 : European tour France, Italy, Belgica, España, Liechtenstein, Suiza y por primera vez Isla de Martinica.
July/August/September 2015 : Canada, Japan, China, Peru, Russia.
December 2015 : new CD « Que no me quiten la fé » with new song like Mi mulata en La Habana, El Negocio y Te escapaste.
May 2016 : Tour en Europa en festivals :
Roma (Italy) – Scalea Festival Event people (Italy) – Riccione (Italy) – Corfu-Festival I am Cuban all star (Greece) – Stockholm (Sweden) – Paris-Paris Salsa Festival (France) – Luxemburg (Luxemburg) – Limoges (France) – Pamplona (Spain) – Madrid (Spain) – Barcelona (Spain) – Valencia (Spain) – Essen (Germany) – Berlin (Germany) – Londres (England) – Vienna (Austria) – Torino-Festival Veraneando al caribe (Italy) – Milano – Milano LaGn Festival (Italy) – Marseille (France) – Bologna (Italy) – Brindisi (Italy) – Biscarrosse- Festival Salsanga – (France) – Genova-Festival Tropical Pasaporte(Switzerland) – Glastonbury Festival (England) – Chipre (Festival Paphos 2017) – Rovinj – Croatia summer Festival (Croatia) – Munich (Germany) – Zurich-Festival Zona Latina (Switzerland)
August 2016 : Tour Chile – Argentina September 2016 : Tour Colombia – Ecuador