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Yusa is a multi-instrumentalist who is perfectly at ease playing guitar, bass, as well as keyboard or percussion instruments. Her music is defined as a young and thoroughly modern musical style echoing with funk, jazz, rap, and soul, but keeping its connections to its deep African and Caribbean heritage. Yusa is often considered by the field of music as a poet, singing bittersweet songs, and compared with great singers as Tracy Chapman.

Her songs are very influenced by the life in Havana and by traditional Cuban music, even though she modernizes it, taking the true substance and arranging it, following the contemporary trends of the new Cuban wave.

Discography: Yusa (2002); Breathe (2004); Haiku (2008) el DVD Yusa live at Ronnie Scott´s,  Vivo (2010), Libro de cabecera en tardes de café (2012) fueron editados en Europa, Cuba, Estados Unidos, Japón, Argentina y Brasil.




He is a complete musician, with academic training (RCSMM) in Composition, Harmony, Counterpoint, Orchestration and instrumentation and Composition for audiovisual media. He is a perfectionist composer with an encyclopedic knowledge of music for cinema and the great classical composers. She has a degree in Psychology from the National University UNED and speaks fluent English and French. In addition to soundtracks and music for audiovisual media, he spends time composing orchestral pieces and choirs. His orchestral music is characterized by the highly developed and refined use of the string section in combination with the wind section creating very epic sounds that he uses very well in action scenes. His style is very varied and can compose moving from Neo-Romantic Music to atonal or serial pieces passing through jazz or electronic music. He is well known in classical music and many soloists and orchestras from around the world ask him to write pieces for their repertoire.




After graduating from the Havana University of Music and being part of the Havana Symphony Orchestra and the Camagüey Symphony Orchestra he lived a season in Lichtenstein and Switzerland where he taught percussion and interpretation courses. Then he traveled Europe on tour with different musical projects (Jane Bunnet, David Virelles, Master Fatman, among others) in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Sweden and Denmark, where he lived for a while, sharing stage with musicians of the Scandinavian scene. Since 2003 he lives in Barcelona.

Mel Semé has shared stage with: Youssou Ndour, Steward Copeland, Kymani Marley, Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicholas Payton, Steve Coleman, Fito Paez, Damien Rice among others …

He is the leader of the band Black Gandhi, and has been a collaborator in the composition and arrangements of the following projects: Barcelona Percussion Project, Man Ex Maqina, Barcelona Sessions, Skyland, among others.

He composes and interprets music for cinema and advertising.

His original soundtrack for the documentary “Los que se quedaron”, composed in collaboration with Maria Lilia Cano, was nominated in the category of Best Original Soundtrack at the Nice International Film Festival in 2016



She graduated from Conservatoires, “Manuel Saumell” and “Amadeo Roldán”, in Havana, Cuba, and of piano interpretation in the High Conservatory of music of the Liceu, Barcelona, ​​Spain, with teacher and concert-master Daniel Ligorio.

Throughout her career she has obtained several awards both in pianistic interpretation and musicology. Highlights include: Award for the best interpretation of Cuban music in national competitions (1998); “Special prize for the interpretation” in the V Festival Ernesto Lecuona of the Havana (1999); II prize in the individual category in the competition of musical interpretation L’Arjau of Barcelona, ​​Spain. (2010)

Her original soundtrack for the documentary “Los que se quedaron”, composed in collaboration with Mel Semé was nominated in the category of Best Original Soundtrack at the Nice International Film Festival in 2016