The African Salsa Orchestra, from Benin and Cuba and led by Michel Pinheiro, is a dancing machine that makes you walk from Cotonou to Cuba! The group takes you on a journey in which Manding rhythms, gospel, rhythm & blues and reggae combine with the stunning sounds of Cuban salsa – a mixture of voodoo cults and Western music. Cubans have added piano and brass while the drum came from the Yorubas of Nigeria.
Singing in French, English, Spanish, Yoruba, Fon, Dioula, all over devilishly danceable rhythms, this debut Manchester show will see the Orchestra tear up the dancefloor with their infectious rhythms and blazing horns!
MICHEL PINHEIRO (trombone/vocals), PATRICK BEBEY (piano), JEAN-RICHARD CODJIA (congas), JOHN PAUL MELINDJI (timbales), YVES WILLIAM OMBE MONKAMA (drums), KELLY KOTO (bass), FLORENT BRICK (trumpet), ALEXIS BOURGUIGNON (trumpet).
This is a standing show. Presented by Joyful Noise.