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Lazarito Valdes & Bamboleo
30 April 2017
One of Cuba's most innovative and original timba bands return to London nearly 8 years after they last graced a stage in the capital.
The mighty Bamboleo under the leadership of the prodigious Lázaro Valdés will rock your world with their powerful groove & fantastic show.
Hailing from a prestigious musical family, bandleader and pianist, Lazarito Valdés, began his professional career at the age of 16, touring extensively with Pachito Alonso Y Su Kini Kini. In 1995 he formed Bamboleo as a musical project set to enter into and bring together a rich variety of genres such as salsa, folkloric afro-cuban music, Latin jazz, boleros and ballads. That same year the group received the nomination for ‘Best New Orchestra' in the ‘Mi Salsa' programme, as well as a phenomenal reception in the island's top music clubs and festivals.
The band were immediately tagged as "cutting edge" due to their aggressive sound, and funky and avante-garde fashion sense. Interestingly, they were the first hard-core timba band to make women lead singers and the main protagonists of their stage show; the female point of view has always been a key element to their sound. As a result, Bamboleo has become a socio-cultural phenomenon, integrating a new style of dance, fashion and language into the Cuban culture.
With specialist Cuba DJs Rich, Jim and Javier de la Rosa
PROGRAMME 9.00pm - Doors open to the Public 9.00pm - 10.00pm DJs on the decks 10:00pm - 12.00pm Lazarito Valdes & Bamboleo 12.00am - 3.00am DJs and Cuban Party
VENUE 229 The venue 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN Great Portland Street Tube St.