Special 25th anniversary show for Roberto Pla, the indisputable guvnor of Latin Music in the UK. Roberto formed his first beat combo in London a quarter of a century ago and tonight, aided by a stellar big band, he is going to party like its 1987.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Roberto studied music at the National University of Bogota, going on to tour Latin America and the States with Orquesta Lucho Bermudez, after session work in New York, he moved to London and the rest is our shared history of Latin Music in the capital from Sonido de Londres to Joe Strummer. A special show for the dancers on one of London’s great ballroom floors.
Saturday 21 April Doors 7pm
Islington Town Hall
Colombian salsa DJ Johnny G will play an opening set. Johnny has been playing in London since the beginning of the popularity of salsa and the emergence of its dance scene in the late 80’s and there is nobody better to be on the decks to help celebrate Roberto’s 25th anniversary.
Tonights performance features a United Nations of Salsa:
Roberto Pla (Colombia) / Band Leader/Percussion Indira Roman (Cuba) / Vocals Alfonso de Jesus (Colombia) / Vocals Graciela Rodriguez (Spain) / Vocals Osvaldo Chacon (Cuba) / Vocals Dave Pattman (UK) / Percussion Satin Singh (Nigeria/UK) / Percussion Vancho Manoilovich ( Macedonia ) / Drums Jose Volga (Spain) / Piano Elpidio Caicedo (Colombia) / Bass Rob Leak (UK) / Saxophones Mike Lasargire (UK) / Alto Saxophone Paul Booth (UK)/ Tenor Saxophone Peter Wareham (UK) / Saxophones Eddie Rieband (UK) / Trombone Joe de Jesus (Puerto Rico) / Trombone Paul Taylor (UK) / Trombone Tom Walsh (UK) / Trumpet Neil Waters (UK) / Trumpet Steve Dowson (UK) / Trumpet Sid Gauld (UK) / Trumpet