cito

Born in Los Angeles, California, Cito moved to South Africa in his teens and is best known for being the frontman for one of South Africa’s longest existing rock bands, WONDERboom – they celebrate their 21st anniversary this year, and are still going strong. Headlining festivals and releasing chart-topping hits, WONDERboom’s fan base grew. They were nominated five times for Best Rock album at the SAMA awards. In 2004 WONDERboom won Best South African Rock Band for the Global Battle of the Bands and went on to achieve second Best Rock Band in the World at the finals in London. WONDERboom have released eight studio albums and are currently in studio recording a new album, due early 2017. Listen out for “Ooh La La’’, currently on the 5fm playlist. In 2004, Cito formed an acoustic side project Absinthè with Sugardrive frontman Paul E Flynn. Their debut album, “A Rendezvous at Nirvana” was released in Dec 2010. Their video of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was nominated for an MK Music Video Award in 2013. November 2012 saw the launch of another side project, already proving very successful; El Cantante (“the singer” in Spanish). Here Cito goes back to his Puerto Rican roots and sings in his mother tongue of Spanish, with the legendary guitarist Martin Rocka on guitar – desperado style. In recent years, Cito has also showcased his vocal diversity by starring in a number of high profile musical theatre productions, the first being cast as Jesus of Nazareth in “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 2006. Other productions that have followed include playing Frederick Trumper in “Chess, The Musical”, a reprisal of Jesus Christ Superstar due to popular demand and 2012 saw him receiving rave reviews as the headline vocalist in Sean Bovim’s “Queen at the Ballet”. This production then travelled to Johannesburg in March/April 2014 to huge success and critical and audience acclaim. Cito’s film acting debut in late 2013 has seen him the Bengali hit blockbuster Chandar Pahar and the US TV Series Black Sails – he appears in Episode 1 in Season 2. He runs his own recording studio where he composes, produces and does sound design for radio, TV and corporate events. Lately, Cito has been commissioned more frequently as Music Director for some of South Africa’s highest profile corporate events. Cito is currently working on his first solo album in collaboration with a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/producer with plans to release in 2017.

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