Our second EFG London Jazz Festival concert features . . .
Son Yambu - red-hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba.
Son Yambu play authentic 'Son Cubano' or Cuban son - the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music.
Formed in 2011, Son Yambu features a new generation of musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997. Since their debut album 'La Maravilla' was released to rave reviews (**** Songlines, The Evening Standard) at the end of 2012, Son Yambu have gone from strength to strength. Performing at the world famous Glastonbury Festival, The Manchester Jazz Festival, The Cheltenham Music Festival, The Shetland Folk Festival, The Africa Oye Festival, The Cork Jazz Festival, The Edinburgh Mela, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo - to name but a few!
With a hugely successful Arts Council Tours of England in 2016 and 2017, a recent live session for Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' and a new album currently being recorded, the future looks bright indeed.
"La Maravilla sees the band playing son Cubano much as they would in Santiago De Cuba, all spicy rhythms and tight horns . . . " David Honigman, Financial Times
"The UK's very own Buena Vista band . . . absolutely tremendous . . . if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music." Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3
"Most of the band members hail from Cuba, the birthplace of Cuban son . . . and have the effortless musicianship that comes from being to the manor born . . . a set infused with rhythm changes and infectious melodies and grooves. Son Yambu is the best band playing Cuban son." - Jane Cornwell. Songlines / Homegrown
Dunia Correa - Lead Vocals, Frank Portuondo Ortiz -Tres / Backing Vocals, Javier Fioramonti - Bass / Backing Vocals, Toby Herschmann - Percussion / Backing Vocals, Rene 'Menique' Savigne - Congas / Backing Vocals, Alberto 'Muziquito' Savigne - Trumpet / Backing Vocals.
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