The Cuban Brothers, The Wedgewood Rooms, review: ‘A hip-hop funk storm’

The Cuban Brothers at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.
The Cuban Brothers at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

It had taken five years for promoters Beats and Swing to bring The Cuban Brothers to Southsea, but they were worth the wait and were rewarded with a sold out show at The Wedgewood Rooms. 

The opening acts for the night were the ska-funk band The Tribe and Portsmouth’s The Neptune Girl. They warmed the audience up nicely for what would turn out to be a proper rowdy Pompey night out.

The Cuban Brothers at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

The Cuban Brothers at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

A loud cheer greeted Archerio Mantovani, who took his place behind the decks to whip up a hip-hop funk storm that set the tone for the night and the crowd was soon rocking.

He was soon followed by Kengo-San and lead singer Miguel who took to the dance floor with a mind-boggling breakdance routine befitting any James Brown review at his height.

For anyone not familiar with the Cuban Brothers – they’re neither Cuban or brothers, but they do deliver a hilarious night of entertainment.

The sharp suits and fedoras gave way to skin-hugging lycra outfits that leave little to the imagination.

The Cuban Brothers at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

The Cuban Brothers at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

By the end of the night, self-proclaimed lothario Miguel is wearing nothing but a skimpy pair of speedos which inevitably leads to a eye-watering wardrobe malfunction.

Word on the street is that they will be back next year – this will surely be the hottest ticket in town.

PAUL WINDSOR