Maite Hontele

Medellin resident Maite Hontelé is the new look at old skool salsa!


Maite Hontelé is a Dutch trumpet player living in Medellín, Colombia. Her latin-band tours worldwide.

Hontelé was born in Utrecht, Holland, and was brought up with music: her parents own a huge collection of salsa and son cubano; every day she would listen to latin music, quite unusual for a Dutch girl.

She studied latin and jazz trumpet at the conservatory of Rotterdam, and started touring with latin-bands, Dj’s and jazz formations.

Her first big tour was in Colombia, the country where she now lives. She fell in love with the country and decided to record a tribute to Colombian music. This EP was launched in 2009 and was a hit. This is when Maite decided to move to Colombia.

From that year on Maite has been touring all over the world, from Bogotá to Malaysia, from the USA to Israel.
The list of festivals include the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Salsa al Parque (Colombia), Cubadisco (Cuba), Penang World Music Festival (Malaysia), Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival (Aruba).

In 2010 her second EP ‘Mujer Sonora’ was launched. The album is focused on old-school styles such as son and charanga, but also contains some spicy salsa-tracks.
This album was presented during the North Sea Jazzfestival of 2010, and on various (inter)national tours.

Over the last few years Maite toured in many countries with her band and was guest-player with: Ruben Blades, Yuri Buenaventura, Issac Delgado, Buena Vista Social Club, Grupo Galé, Juan Carlos Coronel, Oscar D’León, and many others.

In april 2013 her new album ‘Déjame Así’ was released, with special guest Oscar D’León, one of the biggest salsa-stars alive. This album was nominated for a ‘Premio Shock’, Colombia’s most important music-award.


Oscar D´León (salsa star) – “She is the best the world has to offer, what a delight! The ways she plays is extraordinary, outstanding!”

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