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General News · 3rd June 2012
Zandhunga / Jake Masri
Quintet features former Cortesian Jake Masri who, when he's not grooving on his trumpet, loves to reminisce about the days he once spent as a school bus driver on Cortes.

A workshop in Cuban-style salsa starts off the evening, then Zandhunga will take to the stage with a show guaranteed never to leave the dance-party-enthusiast disappointed. Searing-hot salsa mixed with cha-cha-cha's, merengues and more is on the menu.

Currently based in the Comox Valley, Zandhunga operates under the direction of Mexican-born, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Oscar Robles Diaz. The band's many members hail from Mexico, Canada and Scotland. The result is a truly multi-national orchestra and a very unique sound. Lending to Latin music’s distinct and undeniably Afro influences, Zandhunga features African djembe in addition to multiple voices, trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboard, fretless bass and a range of Latin percussion.

Far from ordinary, Zandhunga is famous for infusing their unique flavour to the classic and modern compositions of Latin greats such as Los Melodicos, Joe Arrollo, La India and Celia Cruz, amongst many others. In addition, the group’s performances are always generously topped with fresh and energetic originals.

Zandhunga’s roots are in Mexico City, where the group originally formed as a quintet comprised of four Mexicans and a Canadian. Originally named the Manglar Collective, the first five Zandhungueros toured West coast Canada in 2009, performing at festivals such as Cortes’ Carrington Bay, the Norviclas Latin Festival, and the Comox Valley Latin-Caribbean fest, where the group headlined with the legendary, now-disbanded Luzna Orchestra. Fully-loaded with a line-up of local Vancouver-island talents, Zandhunga performed the Waverley Hotel for the first time last year in a very memorable show presented by Cumberland Village Works.

Gorge Hall
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
7:30 PM to midnight

Cost: General: $15
At the Door: $10+foodbank donation