Orquesta Akokán

  • November 16, 2019
  • Times: Saturday, November 16th 2019
  • Location: Chan Centre For The Performing Arts
  • Address:
  • 6265 Crescent Rd
  • Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Orquesta Akokán is straight-from-the-heart 21st century mambo that channels the fiery 1940s and 50s heyday of Tito Puente, Benny Moré, and Pérez Prado’s old Havana. Bursting with optimism and romantic swagger, the 13-piece ensemble of Cuban and New York-based Latin players—including members of Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van—mixes classic son cubano and mambo with elements of 70s and 80s salsa dura.

Their debut album was released by Daptone Records, the canny and generous tastemakers who brought us the likes of Charles Bradley, Antibalas, and Sharon Jones. Produced at Havana’s legendary Areito Studios—where virtually every notable Cuban musician of the last 75 years, including the players of the great Buena Vista Social Club, has recorded—it’s the epitome of vibe. Listening to it, as Antibalas’ Martín Perna says, you “can’t help but feel the spirits of Cuba’s musical giants rising from the speakers.” With punchy horns, driving rhythms, and the impassioned, dramatic vocals of José “Pepito” Gómez, the golden days are here again!

Saturday, November 16th 2019

Chan Centre For The Performing Arts

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Orquesta Akokán
6265 Crescent Rd