Son D’ Aqui started in 1999, after its founder, Henry Zayas, noticed that there was a lack of Caribbean Hispanic groups in the Jacksonville area. He got together with Rafael Valentin and Jose Ferreira, who had been longing for the same thing, and formed the group. The band started with sequences (MIDI files) of salsa and merengue that they downloaded from the internet, and their first performance was at the St. Catherines annual bazaar in the year 2000. They began to get popular and expended to local clubs in Jacksonville and Orange Park. When Henry’s daughter Evita joined the group, they went from sequences to a full band and became one of the most popular Latin bands in the Jacksonville area. They’ll be appearing at Word of South Sunday as part of our Cuban and Latin Jazz Extravaganza.