La Mambanegra (Colombia)

La Mambanegra (Colombia)

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Bursting out of Columbia's salsa hotbed of Santiago de Cali, nine-piece firework factory, La Mambanegra, call their sound 'Columbian 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.”