CARLOS “AFROKAN” ALVAREZ – TROMBONE
Born Carlos Luis Álvarez Guerra, April 8th 1950 in Trinidad, Santi Spíritus, Cuba.
Afrokan’s musical career began at an early age with local groups in Trinidad like Banda Juvenil Lico Jiménez directed by Nelson Oney Peña and Grupo Folklórico Amador Ramírez. He studied at the Escuela Nacional D’Arte during which time he worked with a variety of ensembles including famed troubadour Isabel Bécquer y Su Combo, Raíces Nuevas director Pucho López and others. In 1988 he was called on by the legendary Afro-Cuban jazz group Irakere, where he remained until 1991. From there he played with the who’s who of contemporary Cuban music including Pachito Alonso, Klimax director Giraldo Piloto, Cubanismo director Jesus Alemany and Orquesta del ICRT. Currently, Carlos works with Habana D’Primera director Alexander Abreu and is highly sought after as a session studio musician in La Habana.