MC - Havana -Cuba (but lives in Wellington at present)
real name: Yonier Cuevas VegaJinetero MC is Yonier Cuevas Vega, a Cuban Reggaeton Artist and a member of Wellington’s afro-fusion/ hip hop band, Olmecha Supreme.
Jinetero MC grew up with reggaeton in his blood. From age 9, he lived on the streets of Cuba soaking up everything from cultural politics to Cuba’s dance party culture.
He represents Tres Peso Music, a collection of Cuba’s top reggaeton musicians based in the underground music scene in Santiago de Cuba. He recently returned to Cuba to record with Kiki Pro, the producer of the Tres Peso family. His debut album with songs recorded in Cuba and New Zealand is due out in early 2009.
Jinetero MC's style cuts to the edge of reggaeton bringing a raw Cuban street energy to New Zealand’s dance floors where he is predominantly based. His music mixes salsa and hip hop rhythms with the Jamaican influences of reggae and dancehall and is played on radios internationally.
In New Zealand, he has worked with legendary rappers, Upper Hutt Posse and has performed reggaeton at well-known music festivals such as Soundsplash, The Uprising and Wellington’s One Love Concert.
He predominantly works as a solo MC and alternatively with a live backing band, performing his music in well-known bars and festivals in New Zealand’s main centres.