La Mambanegra hail from the thrilling Colombian city of Calí, widely regarded as the salsa capital of the world – but their music travels far beyond salsa tradition. Blending the distinctive rhythms and irresistible horns of classic salsa with elements sampled from funk, hip hop, raggamuffin and Nuyorican soul, Jacobo Vélez’s nine-piece band create a full-throttle, floor-filling fusion sound all their own. They call it ‘Colombian break salsa’, but you’ll have to come to the Pavilion Theatre for their first ever Manchester show to see what they mean. ¡Vamos!
Produced by Manchester International Festival.