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Ran Kan Kan: Made in Cuba
21 October 2017
Saturday 21st October 8pm
Special Guest Cuban musician: Sierra Maestra's Yelfris Valdés
Weaving funky rhythms into sophisticated mambos, Ran Kan Kan conjure melodies of heart-stopping beauty into the foot-tapping music of the golden years of Cuban big bands ... for you to dance to.
They are joined on stage by Special Guest Yelfris Valdes, the trumpet player from Sierra Maestra - one of the most iconic son bands in Cuba.
Made in Cuba kicks off at 8:30pm with a dance class led by a Cuban dancer and teacher Lisa from Salsa Oxford.
DJ Badger will keep the Old Fire Station dance floor caliente and tropical from 8pm (doors open) through to midnight, with fantastic African, Caribbean and Latin dance tunes.
Classically trained, Yelfris Valdés has played and recorded with the greats of Cuban son montuno, including Ng La Banda and Guajiro Mirabal (Buena Vista Social Club), Trova with Pablo Milanes, and many more. Since moving to London in 2014 Yelfris has been mixing Cuban music (including Carlos Acosta's Cubania at the Royal Opera House) with jazz, reggae and African sounds (Dele Sousimi, The London Afrobeat Collective, Lokki Terra and Grupo Lokito), playing at both Glastonbury (2008) and WOMAD (2005, 2008).
Band on from 9:15 pm
Tickets: £10 in advance (£8 concessions), £12 on door