Hanine Y Son Cubano[1] is a music group formed in 1999 that merges Cuban music and Arabic music.

It was in the early 1990s, when he lived in Havana, that Greek-Lebanese music novelty-wiz and avant-garde producer, composer and arranger Michel Elefteriades came up with the groundbreaking music concept that led, a few years later in 1999, to the formation of Hanine Y Son Cubano, the now seminal Arabo-Cuban music genre.

It was while he was sitting in a cafe in Havana, surrounded by Afro-Cuban sounds, that Elefteriades began singing a classic of the Arabic music, "Ya Habibi ta ala" of the Arab diva Asmahan.[2] The idea of a fusion of Cuban and Arabic music genres came instantly to his mind.

Michel Elefteriades spent two years trying to achieve this project. He selected seven of the best Cuban musicians, he chose the legendary vocalist Marcelino Linares, who died in 2000, two days before launching the concept. He auditioned hundreds of singers before choosing Hanine Abu Chakra, young singer from Lebanon who was comfortable singing classic Arabic music and had just finished her last year at the Conservatoire. The project experienced a dazzling success. The Arabo-Cuban music was born.

The band’s fulgurating success story gave birth to a few best-selling albums, namely "Arabo-Cuban"[3] distributed worldwide by international production company “Warner”, "10908 km",[4] which have become referential in the realm of World Music and "The Festivals Album: Baalbeck & Beiteddine".[5]



Arabo-Cuban was number one in Lebanon for a year, and has met with a similar success in the Middle East and other Mediterranean countries.

  1. La llave - “Albi W Mouftahou”
  2. Afro blue/Zum Zum - “Ana Wel Azab We Hawak”
  3. Cuando - “Emta Ha Taaraf”
  4. El mambo de los recuerdos - “Aala Bali”
  5. El huerfanito - “Ya Habibi Ta'ala”
  6. El gallo - “El Helwa Dih”
  7. La flor - “Ya Zahratan Fi Khayali”
  8. El dia feliz - “Kan Agmal Yom”
  9. Descarga Arabo-cubana
  10. Pot Pourri
  11. El mambo de los recuerdos “Aala Bali” (remixed by Michel Eléftériadès)
  12. Presentations : Hanine, Marcelino Linares, Michel Elefteriades
  13. Bonus : phrase "Ya se me acabo el repertorio" + rires
  • 10908 km (distance as the crow flies from Beirut to Havana)
  1. Baladi (salsa salsita)[6]
  2. Zourouni (visita me)
  3. Lama aa tarik el ein (la fuente)
  4. Chaghalouni (ojos del alma)
  5. Zeh’ani (soledad)
  6. Bhebak w menak khaifi (no llores)
  7. Imlali (llena me la copa)
  8. Arabo-Cuban improvisation
  1. Rosana
  2. Huwwara
  3. Dal'ouna
  4. Ghzayyil
  5. Rahou[7]
  6. Tutti Frutti
  7. Lama Aa Tarik El Ein
  8. Na'eeli Ahla Zahra
  9. Salsa Salsita
  10. Ya Lalah
  11. Aala Nari
  12. Rjeena
  13. Pot Pourri


  1. ^ "Hanine Y son Cubano". Facebook.
  2. ^ يا حبيبي تعال الحقني. YouTube.
  3. ^ "Arabo-Cuban Album". Discogs.
  4. ^ "10908 km Album".
  5. ^ "The Festivals Album". 3 August 2010.
  6. ^ Beirut Havana. YouTube.
  7. ^ Rahou. YouTube.