Aug 10 (Thu) | 7:30pm - 8:45pm
John Lawson Park
TANGA is a west coast world fusion band, mixing up Caribbean beats with east African marimba, Colombian electrocumbia and Guatemalan dancehall.
Formed in 2007, Tanga emerged from a collective of musicians who made their entrance playing the local salsa dance scene while embracing jazz and pop music. Inspired by the party grooves and percussion styles of Latin pioneers like Tito Puente, Machito and Mario Bauza, Tanga released their first full-length album Simmer & Serve in 2009.
Breaking new musical ground meant finding inspiration beyond Canadian borders. Tanga branched outward with their second album, Havanaelectro (2013), a rich soundscape born out of recording sessions in Cuba, featuring the sounds of Silvana Kane (Pacifika), Kyprios (Sweatshop Union), members of Tanta de los Guaracheros (Havana) and Grammy Award-winning trombonist Jimmy Bosch (New York). It's been called a powerful recording and a refreshing contemporary expression of Latin groove music. Havanaelectro was nominated for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards: World Recording of the Year and the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards: World Group of the Year.
Recent performances include the 2015 Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The group is now set to release their third album Revoluciones, highlighting new sounds from their recent recording trip in Ecuador.