Kuto was born in the small village of Santa Cruz del Norte, in Cuba. His family was very poor and they could barely make ends meet. Kuto’s father worked as a fisherman and his mother sold fruits and vegetables at the local market. When Kuto was five years old, his father died in a fishing accident. His mother had to work even harder to support her family. Kuto often went hungry because there wasn’t enough food to go around. Despite their poverty, Kuto’s parents tried to give their children a happy childhood. Christmas was always a special time for them. On Christmas Eve, they would attend Midnight Mass and then come home to enjoy a feast of roasted pig, black beans, and rice. After dinner, they would exchange gifts that were usually handmade or second-hand items that they had found during the year