Cuban Elvis Presley

Cuba is known for its rich culture and traditions.  Needless to say, the guayabera is a great example of a Cuban staple and Cuban cuisine represents this nation’s diversity; even the Cuban coffee makes a bold statement about the uniqueness of this country. 

Two very important elements of the Cuban culture are Cuban music and Baseball, the two national pass-times that ex-Dodgers Pitcher and now musician Hal Caveda has made his own.  Being a Cuban exile, Hal has remained tied to his Cuban roots; after his baseball career pitching for the L.A. Dodgers he explored his passion for Cuban music and married it to his admiration of Elvis Presley.  Caveda has created a musical project that revives classic Elvis hits with a Cuban beat. 

He does a great job imitating the rock n’ roll legend and incorporates Cuban rhythms while maintaining the original melodies.  You can see a sample of his music by clicking on the video below. 


Cuban culture is deep rooted in Afro-Cuban and Spanish origins.  Cuban music is a reflection of this cultural fusion but at the same time, artists such as Caveda demonstrate the Cuban people’s openness to accept the influence of other cultures.

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About Alexis M.

Alexis Martin has more than 12 years of experience in the Guayabera Shirt business. In December 18 2002 Alexis founded MyCubanStore.com an internet store for selling Cuban memorabilia from the pre-Castro era, customers began to inquire about the guayabera shirts and a new business concept was born. Mycubanstore.com became a manufacturer and supplier of guayabera shirts online. Google+

7 Responses to “Cuban Elvis Presley”

  1. Dick (aka "Elvis") Roache August 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm # Reply

    Nice rendition on an Elvis song…However, Mr. Caveda needs to lose the cowboy hat!!!

  2. Aaron August 11, 2011 at 1:16 am # Reply

    Thanks for posting this song. I grew up on Elvis music and thoroughly enjoyed this rendition. The trumpet player is awesome too!

  3. Toby Madison August 11, 2011 at 7:36 am # Reply

    Canta bien.  Es una lastima que no canta completement in espanol!

  4. Frank Rondon August 14, 2011 at 12:37 am # Reply

    I can’t stop listening to this song. These guys are THE BEST!

  5. Qbansue August 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm # Reply

    I liked it. The singing was good, but the instruments were great!!

  6. Qbansue August 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm # Reply

    Loved “Hey Jude” also. The little old man dancing was great (two of them) and the little children were beautiful. All different colors and beautiful all.

  7. Izhamzain August 22, 2011 at 2:09 am # Reply

    Really cool rendition. I am sure Elvis himself would have loved. It really gives the Cuban touch to the song.
    Izham Zain / Malaysia

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