Yusa is a Cuban singer and songwriter, born in the Buena Vista district of Havana, Cuba. Her music is recognised worldwide : in 2003, she was nominated at the prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards in two categories (Best Newcomer and Best of the Americas.)As a true multi-instrumentalist, Yusa 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.ABOUT GINO CASTILLOGino Castillo and YusaGino Castillo is an Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist, singer and leader of the local bands in Chareston, Gino Castillo Quartet and SoulFunKubanized, a tribute to African-American music that influenced a change in modern Cuban music in the 1970s. His music studies began in Ecuador, with various local teachers. Gino traveled to Cuba, where he settlesd for several years. Gaining experience as a professional musician, he spends most of his time studying with master teacher Oscar Valdez Moreno as well as specializing in the investigation and development of Cuban music in Felix Varela School, and "Escuela Alejandro Garcia Caturla."