- Chan Centre Presents
- Orquesta Akokán
“A loving tribute to the sax and brass-driven orchestras of the past that operated like one giant rhythm machine… These guys execute it perfectly.” – NPR
Orquesta Akokán is straight-from-the-heart 21st century mambo that channels the fiery 1940s and 50s heyday of Tito Puente, Benny Moré, and Pérez Prado’s old Havana. Bursting with optimism and romantic swagger, the 13-piece ensemble of Cuban and New York-based Latin players—including members of Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van—mixes classic son cubano and mambo with elements of 70s and 80s salsa dura.
Their debut album was released by Daptone Records, the canny and generous tastemakers who brought us the likes of Charles Bradley, Antibalas, and Sharon Jones. Produced at Havana’s legendary Areito Studios—where virtually every notable Cuban musician of the last 75 years, including the players of the great Buena Vista Social Club, has recorded—it’s the epitome of vibe. Listening to it, as Antibalas’ Martín Perna says, you “can’t help but feel the spirits of Cuba’s musical giants rising from the speakers.” With punchy horns, driving rhythms, and the impassioned, dramatic vocals of José “Pepito” Gómez, the golden days are here again!
"Steered by the vocals of Pepito, piano melodies sparkle, brass blare bold and percussive sounds punctuate an overarching vibe of joy."Exclaim
$15 student rush tickets for this performance will become available on November 2, 2019 at 12 noon. Visit chancentre.com/students for more information.