Vocal Sampling - photo credit Andrea Adriani
Vocal Sampling
Vocal Sampling


from the album "Así de Sampling" (2017)
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Line up

  • Luis Alberto Alzaga Mora (lead & backing voices)
  • Oscar Porro Jimenez (bass voice)
  • Ramiro Perez Guerra (percussion voice)
  • Reinaldo Sanler Maseda (lead & backing voices)
  • René Baños Pascual (director, composer, arrangements, lead & backing v)
  • Ruben Perez Guerra (lead & backing voices)


Six vocal mavericks from Havana who transform their voices into musical instruments. You can't get much closer to entertainment!


Everything began in 1989, when six talented instrumentalists from Havana Arts University started simulating the sounds of brass, string and percussion instruments with their voices. What started as a game in their leisure time, became the creation of the unique sound of Vocal Sampling, and the start of a beautiful musical career that took them to all corners of the world.

1993 Una Forma Mas was their debut album. Henceforth, the sextet gained the attention of artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon.

In 1996, at the artist’s invitation, Vocal Sampling performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival alongside artists such as Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Mick Hucknall and Toots Thielemans to celebrate Quincy Jones’s 50 years in the music business.

In 2000 the group made a huge impact when they performed in a sold-out Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms.

On the back on this success, Vocal Sampling released their album Cambio de Tiempo which got nominated for 3 Latin Grammy Awards 2002.

Vocal Sampling maintained a busy tour schedule throughout the years and has been present in the most important circuits of World Music and Jazz in Europe, Asia, Latin and North America. The group performed at venues such as Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay in Singapore, Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, New Morning Club in Paris, Vienna State Opera House, Israeli Opera House in Tel Aviv, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, festivals including WOMAD in England, Chile and Spain, WOMEX in Berlin, Montreux Jazz Festival and Paléo Festival de Nyon in Switzerland, Printemps de Bourges in France, April Jazz in Finland, Shanghai’s World Music Festival, The Bath Festival, London A Cappella Festival, and other important concert stops in New York, Vancouver, Mexico City, Bogota, Caracas…just to name a few.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary from 2020 onwards, Vocal Sampling marked this event with an original creation which proposed a new repertoire, but also new facets of its vocal talent and a collaboration with a symphony orchestra.
The event has already been marked by prestigious concerts in Cuba with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, and at the Musikverein in Vienna and the Festspielhaus in St. Pölten (Austria) with the Tonkünstler Orchester.