The Cuban Parisian Raul Paz is immensely popular in France. The singer-songwriter has been stamped the front man of the Nuevo Latino movement. His steamy, swinging concerts, with rock, ska and soul influences, are really happening. But he also sings small, intimate songs from the heart. Paz was born in Pinar del Rio on Cuba. He emigrated to France to study classical music at the Paris Conservatory, but eventually he made a name for himself jamming in small clubs with Afro-Cuban musicians. In 1998, after being discovered, he went to New York and the 'French Cuban' was offered the opportunity to record an album brimming with sexy Latino pop. Back in Paris he makes popular dance orientated albums like Mulata ('03) and Revolución ('05). On his fifth album En Casa, Paz has returned to his Cuban roots. "It's an ode to the 20th century Cuban song", Paz told the daily paper nrc.next.
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