LOS ANGELES.– The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California, in collaboration with Yambu Productions, presents Summer Sundays at MOLAA, a 2014 summer concert series showcasing Afro-Cuban music. In keeping with their tradition of promoting Latin culture, MOLAA will offer four live performances featuring contemporary artists, each celebrated and recognized for their contributions to the preservation of the traditional sounds of Afro-Cuban music. During concert intermissions, guests will enjoy the salsa and bachata sounds of DJ JOJO and his Mambo Madness. Yeah, L.A.’s gonna be poppin’! “We rarely see these types of (Musical/Concert) formats anymore. This will be a great event for all nationalities. Los Angeles is a city that welcomes and loves music. Especially Latin Music,reason why we invite and welcome everyone to come out and watch the show.” said Guido Herrera Yance, event producer. At the event, Cuban vocalist and former member of Bamboleo, Yordamis, will pay a musical homage to legendary Cuban troubadours: Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza, and Graciela. In a genre dominated by men, these chanteuses proved to be as formidable as their male counterparts. Backed by the West Coast Salsa Orchestra, Yordamis will perform the songs that have memorialized each Diva in her own right and continue to be steadfast favorites. “Salsa is very popular in Los Angeles. L.A. has over 40 night clubs and double the amount of bands. There will also be Cuban food, but above all, a chance to remember Salsa Legends in a Summer Sunday Series.” concluded Guido Herrera Yance. New York’s Orquesta Tipica Novel will also be at the event, a favorite of aficionados of charanga. Tipica Novel, also known as Orquesta Tipica Novel was formed in New York City in May of 1965. From the beginning, Tipica Novel became one of the favorites in the “Big Apple’s” Latin dance scene. During the 70’s and 80’s Tipica Novel was recognized as a musical institution. Because of their danceable melodies, fiery rhythms and long list of greatest hits, dancers from all around the country quickly embraced the band. To this day, throughout Latin America, the band is still regarded as one of the best Charanga bands. Remembering the Palladium Days MOLAA will also pay tribute to the days of one of New York’s most celebrated dance halls, the Palladium, and the kings of Afro Caribbean swing, with a live performance featuring Grammy Award Winning vocalist, Herman Olivera and Freddie Crespo’s Mambo Revue Orchestra performing the music of the “Big Three”, Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez. Considered by critics as one of today’s most representative salsa singers, Herman Olivera began singing professionally with local New York bands at the tender age of 15. He would then be afforded the opportunity to sing lead vocals with Conjunto Libre under the direction of Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzalez. After two decades with Conjunto Libre, Olivera worked regularly with Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Bobby Rodriguez y La Compañia and The Machito Orchestra. He currently performs with Eddie Palmieri’s Orchestra and is featured on five of Palmieri’s CD’s, including “Masterpiece/Obra Maestra” with the late, great Tito Puente, which earned two Grammys. And last but not least, the event will feature internationally celebrated percussionists, Lucas Van Merwijk and Calixto Oviedo, backed by the Cal State University Los Angeles Afro Latin Ensemble, the group will evoke the nostalgia of the big band era, while paying homage to one of Cuba’s celebrated bandleaders, Benny Moré. The event will take place at the Museum of Latin American Art during all “Summer Sundays” (628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90802.) You can purchase tickets to the event by calling (562) 437-1689 or by visiting their website!
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