Mojito Salsa is one of the UK’s most experienced and dynamic salsa groups. The core of the group is a quartet of musicians led by percussionist and Cuban music specialist, Christian Weaver. Joined by Andrzej Baranek on piano; Dave Tompkins on bass; and Juan Sanchez on lead vocals, trumpet and trombone, the group has been touring consistently, and honing their sound, for many years. Between them, these musicians have developed a natural, fluid ability with Cuban salsa that allows them to stretch out and test the limits of their playing. The pure joy of revelling in playing together, and their obvious love, and dedication to Cuban music is evident when they play. The skills they have developed as individual instrumentalists, over the past 25 years, are centre stage in their compelling live performances, while the time they have spent playing together, gives the band an almost telepathic musical relationship, and a tightness that has captivated audiences throughout the UK.
This solid core of four musicians is often formed into larger ensembles by adding other long-time collaborators on brass, percussion and vocals. For this event Mojito Salsa will be bringing an eight piece, classic ‘Cuban salsa combo’ line up (piano, bass, congas, timbales, vocals, trombones and trumpet).
Expect fiery percussion, soaring call and response vocals, big fat brass lines, virtuosic soloing, classic Cuban son, modern timba, and NY/Cuban salsa. This is music primarily for dancing. Dance salsa, timba, cumbia, rumba, conga, in your own style, or however you like, the band makes no distinction, they just aim to fill you with energy and lift you from your seat. Or, if you prefer, sit back and enjoy the intricacies of the music and the dazzling musicianship of the performers.
You’ll need your dancing shoes for this one! We can’t wait to dance the night away with you.
The event will be hosted in our brand new live performance venue and rehearsal space, part of the Northern Carnival Centre of Excellence, opening in autumn 2021. Featuring a custom designed, flexible PA system, an environmentally conscious stage lighting system, a fully stocked bar and plenty of Carnival colour, the space is accessible and perfect for live performances of all kinds. We can’t wait to welcome you!
Please note: This is a 16s and over only event. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult 18+.