African Salsa Orchestra – review
Jazz Café, London – 31 July 2017

Words by: Uchenna Izundu | Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:36 PM
African Salsa Orchestra, Jazz Cafe 31 July 2017 (c) Biyi Adepegba, Joyful Noise  African Salsa Orchestra, Jazz Cafe 31 July 2017 (c) Biyi Adepegba, Joyful Noise

Mondays need an adrenaline shot to face the week ahead after the lie in seems a distant memory and one struggles to understand why there is a flood of emails in the inbox before 12 noon.


What else could counter that feeling except to tear up the dance floor for some devilishly danceable rhythms – also known as Salsa?


The African Salsa Orchestra is a multi lingual phenomenon that is comfortable singing in Yoruba, Spanish, French, English and Diodu - all without missing a beat. The songs still felt intimate and energised for the whirling, twirling salsa fans who were ready to teach their feet a lesson.


Pull out: The African Salsa Orchestra is a multi lingual phenomenon that is comfortable singing in Yoruba, Spanish, French, English and Diodu - all without missing a beat.

Led by Michael Pinheiro on its debut U.K. tour, it is clear that the blazing horns were not the shy instruments on stage as a sensual cocktail of Manding rhythms, gospel, rhythm and blues and reggae associated with Cuban salsa demanded that we tear up the dance floor.


Hip shaking from all over the globe - Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Congo and France -  the 8 man band members commended the audience on its vibe.


All in all, a pacey evening in the iconic Jazz Cafe. Word of warning: salsa and singlism don't mix!

 

Info: For more information on the African Salsa Orchestra, visit www.joyfulnoise.co.uk




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