TD Sunfest ’15 headliner the Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique orchestra that has always been devoted to promoting the full range of Cuban music, one that embraces several generations and all musical styles. Over the years, many of the band’s musicians have become international stars, including brilliant performers like Ruben Gonzalez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Guillermo Rubalcava, Amadito Valdes and Manuel “The Guajiro” Mirabal.
Leader Juan de Marcos González is one of the most influential men in Cuban music, making his name with the Buena Vista Social Club and Sierra Maestra, as well as the Afro-Cuban All Stars. In a 2012 interview with Songlines Magazine, he said: “Our repertoire highlights the diversity of Cuban music and mixes great national standards with compositions by myself and other band members. We’re bringing a show that lets people forget the bad moments of life and sees them leaving happier than when they went in."