Friday, 6th December 2013
Blue Beat, 16-18 Cross St., Double Bay
Authentic Afro Cuban 10-piece band, led by Armandito Garcia, Cuban born and bred, now the number one Cuban bandleader in Australia. Presenting the real sound of Afro Cuban music in a high energy package guaranteed to fill any dancefloor from the very first uno, dos, tres. Contemporary Latin music at its hottest, pulsing with the energy of salsa, son, rhumba, guaguango, bata drums and santeria, spiced with jazz, rock and funk.
The band's name - Sydney's Afro Cuban Elite - says it all. Leader Armandito Garcia is Australia's leading arranger, composer and bandleader in the world of Latin music. Born in San Luis, Cuba, and educated at the Conservatorium in Santiago de Cuba, he's been playing professionally since he was a teenager. He played in the legendary Sonora La Calle, taking authentic Cuban music around the world, to the UK, Europe and beyond, sharing billing with the likes of Buena Vista Social Club and Los Van Van. He first came to Australia in 2002 with Sonora La Calle, then with international stage show Lady Salsa, and now calls Australia home.
Behind Armandito the band is a powerhouse of excellent players and singers, a slick unit schooled in the exciting sounds of traditional Cuban music with a big helping of spontaneity and improv.
Unarguably the greatest Cuban musical experience in Australia, this band is hotter than hot. 100% Cubano!!! 100% calliente!!