Son Aché


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Formed in 2011, Son Aché feature a new generation of mostly Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista Social Club legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997.

Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as the UK’s very own Buena Vista Social Club, Son Aché play authentic Cuban son, a form of Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. This exciting fusion of African and Spanish rhythms is at the heart of all salsa music.

Our very own Buena Vista Club – they are irrepressible! A fantastic sound – terrific! Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 In Tune

The band's lead vocalist has performed with the likes of Cachaito of the Buena Vista Social Club and the band's trumpet virtuoso has toured worldwide with several renowned Cuban bands and is an ex-member of the Santiago Symphony Orchestra. Son

Aché have also recently released their debut CD. The band has a variable line-up that can be changed to match the occasion. Their preferred line-up is as a 7-piece band made up of a lead vocalist, Cuban mandolin, guitar, bass, trumpet and two percussionists.

If background music is required, the band can strip down to a smaller acoustic line-ups. For larger events, the band can add additional brass and percussion and play as a 10-piece.

Whatever their line-up, Son Aché’s irresistible tropical rhythms ensure a truly sensational, authentic Latin music experience that will make you want to dance 'til dawn!

Performance info

Line-up Female lead vocals/percussion; trés (Cuban mandolin); guitar; bass; percussion
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)

Booking options

Add musician (extra percussion and brass)
Add £215
Afternoon acoustic 1 x 60 minute set from 3pm (3-piece up to 7-piece)
Add £160 per musician
Electric drum kit
Add £0
Available on request. Recommended for venues with sound limiters set to a threshold below approx 95dB

Pop tunes in Latin style (available on request and subject to 7-piece option)

Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Don't Worry About A Thing
Hey Jude
I Don't Know Why
Killing Me Softly
Living La Vida Loca
Master Blaster
Sir Duke
Summer Time

Salsa, Son & Merengue / Chachacha / Bolero

Abusadora (merengue)
A Mi Manera (chachacha)
Apagame La Vela (merengue/tropical)
Apretataito (merengue)
Ay Papacito (son montuno
Baila Con Mi Tumbao (salsa)
Baila Suavito (chachacha)
Bamboleo (salsa)
Besame Mucho (bolero cha)
Bronce Na’Ma (salsa)
Cachita (charanga)
Cangrejo (son montuno)
Capullito D'Aleli (son)
Carretero (son montuno)
Co Co Mai Mai (son)
Chan Chan (son)
Como Fue (bolero)
Consuelate (son)
Dos Gardenias (son)
Dundunbanza (bolero son)
El Bodeguero (chachacha)
El Carretero (son)
El Cuarto De Tula (son)
El Manicero / Peanut Vendor (son)
El Negrito Del Batey (merengue)
El Paralitico (son)
El Punto Cubano (charanga / son)
El Traigito (son)
En El Delirio Habanero (bolero-son)
Guantanamera (bolero chachacha)
Hacheros Con Palo (son montuno)
Idilio (salsa)
Juanito Morel (merengue)
La Empaliza (merengue)
La Enganadora (chachacha)
La Guacherna (merengue)
Lágrimas Negras (son)
La Negra Tomasa (Bilongo)
Le Sumba El Mango (son montuno)
Lloraras (salsa)
Me Gusto (son montuno)
Ma Ma Inez (son- salsa)
No Me Llores (chachacha)
Oye Como Va (chachacha)
Pare Cochero (son)
Pintate Los Labios (son)
Prende El Fogon (son)
Quizas (bolero cha)
Rico Vacilon (cha cha cha)
Rita La Caimana (descarga son)
Saina (merengue)
Son De La Loma (son)
Te Veo P’Aqui (Changui)
Tres Lindas Cubanas (bolero – cha)
Veinte Anos (bolero cha)
Usted (bolero)
Waka Waka (merengue)
Yo No Quiero Piedra En Mi Camino (salsa)


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Mujer Majadera (cumbia – son)

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“Thanks so much for the other evening, we had a great time! You have a great rapport with each other as well as with your audience.”

May, Private Party in Stroud, May 2018

“My husband and I had an amazing time watching Son Ache in Stroud on Saturday, we even attempted a little salsa dancing!”

Shelly, Private Party in Stroud, May 2018

“We had great feedback about the band yesterday. Our guests felt transported to a holiday place!”

Caria, Restaurant in Central London, Feb 2018

“Thanks for a brilliant evening, so much energy, rhythm and great music!”

Keith, Private Party in Milton Keynes, November 2017

“I think they're brilliant! Wouldn't hesitate in using them again.”

Mary, Corporate Event in London, September 2017

“What a great band! I think you managed to show how live music can excite and entertain audiences in equal measure. I've had lots of wonderful feedback from the members and their friends who were knocked out by the quality of music. One member said it was the best event he's ever attended. He and his wife have signed up for salsa lessons as a result.”

Mike, Private Party in London, August 2017

“People could not help but dance to Son Ache! The band's energy and enthusiasm was soaked up by a captivated audience!”

Mariam, Festival, Bury St Edmunds, May 2017

“Fabulous band. Seen them twice now and they just get better and better!”

Sue, April 2017

“Many thanks for a great evening. Please thank all the band for me - I hope they all enjoyed it as much as we did!”

Colin, Private Party, March 2017

“Son Ache are an acoustic septet with the real sound of Santiago De Cuba.”

Simon, London Evening Standard, September 2016

“The UK's very own Buena Vista band. Absolutely tremendous! Music like this and we're all feeling terrific! If you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music.”

Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3, September 2016

“Amazing night at El Rumbon Cubano and Son Ache beautiful set, well done!”

Richard , September 2016

“I just wanted to say that we thought Son Ache were absolutely excellent. They were a big hit with our guests and we loved everything about them! The band look cool, are lovely individuals and their music was top rate!”

Phil & Katy, Wedding in London, September 2016

“A big thank you to Son Ache for being involved in last Sundays event. The band did a fantastic job on the day!”

Emma, Council Event in London, September 2016

“The band were great. They did everything that was requested and were the perfect music for the event. They were set up quickly and were very professional. Thank you!”

Nia, Corporate Event in London, June 2016

“Band were great, intoxicating music and a great crowd! All of which made for a fabulous vibe. Thank you!”

Cecile, Wedding in Hertfordshire, May 2016

“We would like to thank you and congratulate you on the other night, it was a really memorable gig. Son Ache rose to the challenge and made the night fantastic. Big thanks to you all!”

Imran, Private Party in London, March 2016

“Una noche estupneda, gracias a todos. Thanks!”

Ros, Private Party in London, February 2016

“I wanted to thank the band again for making our wedding reception such a wonderful night. It was fantastic to see everyone up and dancing and we could not have asked for more. Thanks again!”

Michael & Felicia, Private Function in London, November 2015

“Please pass on my thanks to the band who were brilliant at our anniversary party and were just what was needed to get the party going. My only regret was that I did not have more time to enjoy the band myself!”

Anne, Private Party, London, June 2015

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