Charanga Tropical is a nine-piece salsa ensemble that performs classic and modern salsa music. Performing with the unique Cuban “charanga” instrumentation that includes violins and flute, the group presents a sound that is harmonically rich and infectiously rhythmic, inspiring visions of mojitos and Caribbean sunsets.
The group has been invited to perform at the 2015 International Festival of Danzón in Havana, Cuba, June 24th to 28th, 2015. The group is the first North American ensemble ever invited to participate in the festival, which commemorate and celebrate the rich musical style of danzón, the national dance of Cuba.
To fund the Cuban trip and Live CD recording, the group has announced a 60-day Kickstarter campaign with fundraising shows at Bedlam Lowertown, 213 E. 4th Street, St. Paul (March 13th), Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis (March 14th) and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis (March 15th)
The March 13-15 shows will feature special guests Nachito Herrera, Viviana Pintado, singers from Chicago, musicians from local bands Malamanya, Salsa Del Soul, Salsabrosa, pro dancers from Social Dance Studio, Latin DJs, and More!
The concert on Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis is free!