Leo Brower : “I Smoke Habanos for the Pleasure of Tasting them”


Leo Brower A great Cuban musician with longstanding faithfulness toward habanos, the artist took part in some of the Festival’s events without going unnoticed.


“I started smoking at age 11, taught by a cigar roller who for many years made Churchill’s stogies,” Cuban musician and soloist Leo Brower confessed during a small break at the 12th Habano Festival’s functions.


“However, I never smoked fanatically,” he adds, though he also recognizes his longstanding fondness of habanos.

The fact of the matter is that, according to him, “the habano is a major component of life’s pleasure, and that’s in no way an inconsistency because anyone who’s come back from death several times does appreciate this a whole lot more.”


Mr. Brower, highly known for his incredible musical talent and winner of the Habano Man of the Year Award, admits he has no defined preferences when it comes to habanos, comparing that passion with his own world of music. “I like Mozart, Stravinsky, Hyden, Chopin…” and recalls great habano-loving musicians, like Brazil’s Villa-Lobos and Cuba’s Gonzalo Roig and his contemporary Chucho Valdes, a confessed lover of Cohiba.