Jose Gil Pinera “Gilito” – Singer, Composer and Conductor.
Born in Guanabacoa, Cuba.
As a child he was surrounded by the musical environment and at an early age he began his singing studies at the Guillermo Torres School of Music. His idols Benny More, Oscar de León, Celia Cruz and Los Van Van have set the tone in their musical career.
In 1989 he began with the “Salsa de Esquina” orchestra conducted by Roy Rocas Martinez and considered one of the most popular bands of the 90’s. In 1991 they made their first international tour to Sweden. In 1992 they arrived in Chile where they toured the country for twelve months, sharing stages with artists such as Cheo Feliciano, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Orquesta de la luz, Juan Luis Guerra y 440 and El General.
They also participated in the first International Festival of Chile and recorded their record production “Footprints.”
In 1993 he lived in Malmo, Sweden where he formed his own group “Key Group” and recorded the production “Great Successes” with arrangements of his authorship and bass on Apple Records.
That same year he traveled to the Canary Islands where he participated in the great International Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran, Canaria where he shared the stage with Manny Manuel and Los Hermanos Rosario, as well as placing the theme “Without Documents” in the first place of the “ratting” radio of Gran Canaria. During this stage of his career he performs in big stages and events like the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Falun Festival and Malmo Festival in Sweden.
During his presentations in Europe he has shared stages with great celebrities from the world of Salsa such as Los Van Van, Klimax, Mayito Rivera, Cubanisimo, La Charanga Habanera, Manolito and his Trabuco.
In 1997 he recorded “Gilito y su Clave” – a production that compiled great successes of the Cuban timba influenced by Son and the bolero.
In 1999 he was invited to the International Vega Salsa Festival in Denmark where he fulfilled one of his big dreams, singing alongside Oscar de León, receiving his blessings.
In 2006 he recorded his most successful production “Al Cesar what is of Cesar” with his orchestra “Gilito and his Clave”, which occupied the first places in Sweden and the rest of Europe.
In addition to his productions, Gilito has collaborated in more than 70 musical productions.
Jose Gil Pinera is currently one of the most recognized exponents of Cuban Timba in the world.
Apart from his orchestra “Gilito and his Clave”, he collaborates as the lead vocalist for the prestigious “Afrocuban All Stars” orchestra, directed by Juan de Marcos, which groups the most important Cuban musicians worldwide.
Gil is a wonderful addition to our Kuban Firez group.