Heliocentric Theory

Sol shines as an alternative musician who happens to be female

"It's such a fun group to be a part of, because everybody has their own [cultural] influences," she says of the band's crazy mix of hip-hop, cumbia, and Afro-Cuban drumming.

Even at the local level, the professional influence is evident. Just a week before Michelle nearly took the Latin Grammy for Best New Tropical Artist with the Cuban group Conjunto Progreso, Bueno won Spain's prestigious Goya Award for Best Movie Music after helping compose most of the soundtrack for the feature film Havana Blues.

"I'm happy to be part of the movement. The stuff they're playing in the clubs is a lot more potent than the shit they're putting on the radio," she reflects.

Sol's DIY attitude is paying off with live bookings and songwriting credits
Jacqueline Carini
Sol's DIY attitude is paying off with live bookings and songwriting credits


Sol sings backup for Descemer Bueno and Sieto Rayo at 10:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW 8th St, Miami. Admission is $10. She performs regularly throughout Miami- Dade County and recently picked up a headlining gig in Broward at 9:00 p.m. Sundays at Bu's, 200 N Broadwalk, Hollywood. Check out www.myspace.com/soljam501 for upcoming performances and more information.

Now it's simply a matter of collaborating with just one manager who can accommodate the multifaceted Sol. At the moment, she's working them like a band director, using each as an instrument of her varied musical endeavors. "You gotta test 'em out; you can't give them all your talent right away," she concludes.

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