Maite Hontelé grew up in the City of Utrecht to the music her father played all the time: son, salsa, changui. She soon joined the local brass band with her trumpet and at age fourteen attended a salsa workshop with Stan Lokhin; six years later she graduated from the Conservatory of Rotterdam with a danzón, son, Latin and Colombian jazz big band concert. Subsequently, Hontelé went on tour with Musica Cubana and with the Rumbatá Big Band. For years she performed in Bongomatik as well. Later on she traveled to Colombia with the Cubop City Big Band. She now lives in that country. Hontelé began a project named Llegó la Mona, Tributo a la musica Colombiana. Thanks to her performances at big festivals over there, she became a star in that country who can no longer walk the streets unnoticed. This summer will see the release of her first CD and an extensive tour of Europe.