Maite Hontele. Dutch by birth but Colombian by heart, has changed for good the way to look at and experience Latin American music. Her music is an invitation to be happy, to enjoy good taste and to Caribbean nostalgia. It is a perfect blend of European elegance and tropical color and joy. This has been reflected on her 3 albums: Llegó la Mona, Mujer Sonora and Déjame así, which was nominated in 2014 for a Latin Grammy in the category Best Salsa Album.
Trumpeter Maite Hontelé was born in Utrecht, Holland, and was raised with music. Her parents owned a huge collection of salsa and son Cubano, and every day she would listen to Latin music, quite unusual for a Dutch girl. After playing a few years with the local brass band, she decided to become a musician, and studied latin and jazz trumpet at the Conservatory of Rotterdam.
Her first big tour was life-changing. She went to Colombia, the country where she now lives. In 2004, Maite toured with the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club. In 2009 Maite launched her first album, Llegó la Mona, a salsa-tribute to Colombian music. This album was made with the purpose to tour more in that country. Among the gigs she played was the Medellin Jazz Festival. That year turned out to be very important for her. Not only did Maité record her first album, touring Colombia and playing at the Medellin Jazz Festival, she found the place where she wanted to continue to live and make music. That’s when she decided to move to Medellin.
In 2010, Maite released her second production, Mujer Sonora. The album is focused on old-school styles such as son and charanga, but also contains some spicy salsa-tracks. This album was presented at the 2010 North Sea Jazz Festival, and on various international tours. In 2011 and 2012 Maite toured many countries with her band, she was invited by Cariibbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba for a guest appearance with Oscar D’Léon, and she performed with Ruben Blades, Yuri Buenaventura, Issac Delgado, Diego Galé, Juan Carlos Coronel and many others. Her 3rd album, Déjame Asi, was released in April 2013, and earned her a Latin Grammy-nomination in the category Best Salsa Album. Maite Hontelé is currently touring Europe and Latin America. She will perform and present her new album “Te Voy a Querer” on Saturday September 26th at the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival.
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