La Mambanegra

La Mambanegra


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Line up

  • Carlos Peralta (Guitar)
  • Carolina Mosquera (vocals& Shekere)
  • Daniel Alejandro Gutierrez  (piano)
  • Harold Orozco (drums)
  • Isabelle Roch (trombone)
  • Jacobo Velez (vocals, Sax & director)
  • Juan Carlos Arrechea (Conga )
  • Roger Torres Riveras (trumpet)
  • Sergio Ramirez (bongos)
  • Yeferson Carabali (bass)


Bursting out of Colombia's salsa hotbed of Santiago de Cali, ten-piece firework factory, La Mambanegra, call their sound 'Colombian Break Salsa', mixing furiously energetic salsa dance songs with funk and Caribbean influences, along with R&B and jazz-edged brass and keyboard lines. The band was founded in 2012 by the composer, producer, saxophonist and singer Jacobo 'El Callegüeso' Vélez, whose song narratives are inspired by a mysterious, mythical hero from Cali's Barrio Obrero neighbourhood and his Odyssean adventures in the underworlds of Havana and New York. A tight team of virtuoso musicians from a range of disciplines, La Mambanegra's full-throttle live performances have been irresistibly igniting audiences across Europe, Oceania and Latin America, animated by the indefatigable Vélez, for whom Salsa is, “sweat, sex, liquour and Pielroja cigarettes, it’s the gasoline that turns my heart on.”

Shows performed in 2020
Carnaval Internacional de las Artes/ February -(Live Concert) Barranquilla,Col
Concierto Viral/ Secretaria de cultura. Cali,Col (Virtual concert)
Festival de Jazz de Buga/Bugajazz. Valle del Cauca, Col (Virtual concert)
Festival de Tambores. San Basilio de Palenque, Bolivar,Col (virtual concert)
Barcu, Feria del Arte. Bogota, Col (Virtual concert)

Upcoming Events 2020
Showcase, Womex Virtual edition 2020
Secretaria de Turismo, Pasarela Turistica "La Salsa esta de moda"Cali, Col (Virtual concert)

Upcoming Events 2021:

Sunfest, London, Canada
Kultrún World Music Festival, Waterloo region, Canada
Festival International Nuits d'Afrique, Quebec, Canada
Festival d'été de Québec (FEQ), Canada
Mercury Lounge, Ottawa, Canada

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