Friday, 26 June 2009

Oscar d’Leon to replace Los Van Van on Sunday 28 June

El Sonero Mayor (‘the Great Son Singer’) Oscar d’Leon brings his world-beating Venezuelan Salsa Orchestra to the Barbican this Sunday to replace Los Van Van, who have had to withdraw from performing through illness. D’Leon will be performing his show of classic Cuban repertoire, ‘Canta la Musica Cubana’. The concert’s supporting act and all the day’s free and family events remain the same.

Sunday 28 June 7.30pm
Oscar d’Leon + Yoruba Andabo
Barbican Hall, £10/15/20
Produced in association with Cuba50. Part of Dance Nations: Roots, Rhythms & Rituals

Singer, bassist composer and bandleader Oscar d’Leon is one of the greatest personalities in the world of Latin dance music and fronts one of the hottest salsa bands of all time. Born in the Caracas neighbourhood of Etamin, D'Leon was influenced early on by Cuban musicians such as Beny More and La Sonora Mantacera and by New York-based Latin performers including Eddie Palmieri and Willie Colon. He taught himself to play bass by listening and playing along to records; in his early career he worked full-time as a taxi driver and factory worker, while singing in the evenings. Forming a band, La Dimension Latina, in 1973, he recorded his first hit, Pensando en Ti, shortly afterwards. Three years later, he formed a second group, Salsa Mayor. D'Leon is frequently called El Sonero Mayor (‘the Great Son Singer’) or El Leon de La Salsa (‘The Lion of Salsa’), and has made his reputation as a thrilling live performer, touring with large bands. His latest CD, Tranquilamente was release by Sony in 2008.

‘The great salsa all-rounder, capable of constantly switching between different styles, or from a croon to a falsetto’ – The Guardian

Yoruba Andabo is a company of singers, percussionists and dancers performing original West African music styles preserved since the 16th and 17th centuries. The group’s name can be loosely translated as ‘Friends and followers of Yoruba lands and culture’. Born out of spontaneous musical get-togethers held at the Havana harbour in 1961 by a group of dock workers, Yoruba Andabo acquired professional status in the 1980s and began recording for EGREM with renowned singer Mercedita Valdes. The group preserves and celebrates the irresistible power of Cuba’s African rhythms, the source and backbone of the countless dance styles which Cuba has given the world. The group won a Grammy in 2001 for the album Rumba All Stars (La Rumba Soy Yo).

Original (Los Van Van) tickets are valid for this concert on Sunday evening. If you have any queries, please call the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891.

Free and family events on Sunday 28 June:

1.30pm – 2.30pm Salsa workshop: An introduction to Salsa (age 8+)
Freestage concerts 2pm: Tumbao Tivoli 3.15pm: Charanga del Norte

4.30pm Osvaldo Chacon y su Timba 3pm – 4pm Timba workshop: An introduction to Timba, (age 8+) A popular contemporary Cuban dance with many diverse influences aimed at beginners

5pm – 6pm Cuban dance workshop: An introduction to Cuban (age 8+): popular dance including the mambo, cha cha cha and son. Followed by Son del Tropico on the FreeStage (6.30pm)

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