FOTO: MARIANNE BERNER © 2004
Ernesto Manuitt Hernández was born in Habana, Cuba, in 1969. As the son of a Cuban mother and Venezuelan father, he spent the first 7 years of his life in Cuba, and then moved to Venezuela with the family. Here he grew up with the Venezuelan folk music tradition, became a virtuoso on the cuatro as well as picking up basically all of the countrys popular folk songs, which made him a popular entertainer already as a teenager, where his exceptionally beautiful voice and enormous repertoire soon led to fame far beyond his village.
18 years old, he moved back to Cuba to begin medical school, and was very quickly sucked into the flourishing musical environment in Habana, and before long he was discovered by Mirtha Medina, one of Cubas most famous entertainers, who couldn't resist his charm and notorious stage personality. He toured with her famous cabaret show for a couple of years, and when Mirtha Medina decided to move to the US, orchestra leader Giraldo Piloto didn't hesitate to contract Ernesto as founding member of his new orchestra Klimax, which within very short time became incredibly popular on a worldwide basis with its amazing stage show combined with great songs and musicians.
In 1999, he became the father of a little baby girl, Linda, in Berlin, Germany, and decided to give up the hectic life of touring and dedicate his time to his daughter. In 2002 he moved to Denmark, from where he has continued his professional career as leadsinger and special guest star in groups such as Grupo Danson (DK), Picason (Schweiz), Orquesta Gali (Schweiz), Alex Wilson project (UK) og CocoSon (DK), as well as being a popular guest with the Danish Radio Big Band and frequently singing in Norway with Norwegian band leader KK and his different latin jazz projects with quartet or big-band.
With the formation of Cubita, he has fullfilled a long nourished dream about returning to the Golden Age of Cuban music; the simple, melodic and light groove in the charanga, an elegant music style, which appeals to everyone, no matter age.