La Mambanegra

LONDON Omeara
6 O'Meara Street
London
SE1 1TE

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‘A mixture of furiously energetic salsa dance songs with funk or Caribbean influences, along with R&B or jazz-edged brass and keyboard lines. It’s a rousing and entertaining style, which matches full-tilt vocals against tight brass lines, or salsa with hip hop.’ (Guardian)

Hailing from the Colombian salsa capital of Cali, La Mambanegra is a powerful Latin music orchestra with a venom made of 70s NYC Salsa and elements of Jamaican and Colombian music, funk and hip hop.

Made up of some of Colombia's finest players, the band are the advance guard for the rebirth of Salsa, twisting the genre into the 21st century, their polyrhythmic, horn-heavy and thoroughly modern sound quickly earning them a devoted following across South America and beyond.

Their full-throttle live shows are overflowing with the absolute commitment of each band member. In Jacobo Vélez, they have an exuberant, passionate leader for whom the music is an essential life force. ‘Salsa is sweat, sex, liquor and Pielroja cigarettes,’ he says. ‘It’s the gasoline that turns my heart on.’

Hear music from their critically acclaimed new album El Callegüeso y su Mala Maña (out now on Movimientos Records) at exciting new London Bridge venue Omeara in July. 

  • ‘ An album that shows Cali is responsible for some of the most raw, passionate and visceral salsa being made anywhere in the world ’
    (★★★★★ Songlines)
  • ‘ Killer horns and lithe percussion. This is urgent, insistent salsa, driving to get out. This is music that is inevitably most visceral live ’
    (★★★★ Evening Standard)