Maite Hontelé

Maite Hontelé is granddaughter of André Hontelé (1922-2005); musician, composer and author of books on school music. [1]. She got in touch with salsa through the record collection of her father.

Maite Hontelé
Young woman playing the trumpet
Hontelé performing at the Medellín Salsa Fest, Colombia in 2015
Background information
Born (1980-01-09) January 9, 1980 (age 40)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Years active2000–present

At the age of 9 Hontelé learned to play the trumpet in the harmony orchestra of the village Haaften. After graduary school in Gorinchem doing exam including music[2], she studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.

From about 1995 onwards Hontelé played in various salsa bands. In 2008 she performed in Colombia with the Cubop City Big Band during the jazz festival of Medellín; afterwards she decided to move to Colombia. Hontelé lived there for over a decade and formed her own band; between 2010 and 2013 she toured Europe with Dutch musicians.

Hontelé coöperated with other artists, such as in 2013 with the Panamese singer-activist Rubén Blades a tour through a number of countries such as France, Suriname and India. In 2013 she performed together with the rapper Typhoon on the Oerol Festival.

In 2014 Hontelé toured the Netherlands for the first time with her renewed Colombian band. Her album Déjame Asi - with as guests singer Oscar D'Léon and the duo Ten Sharp - was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award[3].

After the album Te Voy A Querer in 2016 a coöperation followed with the Venezuelian jazztrumpettiste/singer Linda Briceño.

At the end of 2018 the album Cuba Linda was issued including guest-appearances by singer Gilberto Santa Rosa and Orquesta Aragaon. This album too was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

As of 2019, she has ended her musical career and lives in the Netherlands again after almost a decade in Colombia.


  • 2009 - Llegó La Mona
  • 2010 - Mujer Sonora
  • 2013 - Déjame Así
  • 2015 - Te Voy A Querer
  • 2018 - Cuba Linda


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