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Sunday Joint: Salsa & Cuban Special with Siete Rayos Live

Sunday 21 November 2021

Sunday Joint // Salsa & Cuban Special with Siete Rayos live + DJ Lubi (salsa set)

During it’s 21 year tenure at Hifi Club, the Sunday Joint has featured music from across the spectrum and globe, from jazz/funk/soul to global beats including African/Brazilian/Caribbean music. Tonight, we take you to South America and Cuba for a salsa and Cuban music special with some of the north’s finest musicians playing in Manchester band Siete Rayos. Plus, Sunday Joint resident DJ Lubi Jovanovic dusts off the classic Cuban, Puerto Rican and New York Latin music records for one night only.

Siete Rayos has at it’s core 4 musicians who have been a major part of the northern Latin music scene for 25 years in bands like La Timbala, Mojito, Nuyorica etc. Known as the Mojito Quartet, they are led by Cuban music percussionist Christian Weaver, who is an acknowledged UK master of all things Cuban rhythms, particularly the traditional Afro-Cuban side. Bassist Dave Tompkins and pianist Andrezj Baranek are well known veterans in the north west jazz and Latin music scene and at the front is singer/trumpeter/trombonist Juan Sanchez. Juan is a talented multi-instrumentalist who is from Holguin in Eastern Cuba.

They have honed their small combo with the big sound style over the years with many live shows across the UK. Now they expand to a 6 piece band with the addition of two of the UK’s top Latin/jazz musicians.

Trombonist Jonny Enright has been bandleader of top international Latin soul/Latin jazz band Grupo X for over 2 decades who just released their 6th album “Saturday Night” in summer 2021. As well as this, he is a very well respected session musician working across many music genres. Over the years, he has recorded and toured with the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Tito Allen, Jimmy Bosch, Jack Costanzo, Joe Bataan, Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, Kathryn Williams, Peggy Seeger, Lo Fidelity Allstars, Bootsy Collins, Badly Drawn Boy, Elbow and Omar. Jonny is also a tutor at Leeds Conservatoire.

Jack McCarthy is a freelance percussionist and drummer based in Manchester. He currently occupies one of the percussion chairs on The Lion King (UK and Ireland) Tour, but also takes time off to tour and record with a range of artists. He spent his formative years studying percussion extensively with master musicians in West Africa and Cuba. From this, as well as his extensive performance experience, he has developed a solid and expressive style on the timbales that blends a mastery of the traditions, with the more contemporary styles of explosive, modern Cuban dance music. He has performed all over Europe with artists such as, ‘London Elektricity’, and Matthew Halsall.

Expect a mix of traditional Cuban music classics reimagined with a strong focus on modern Cuban dance music. Inspiration for this project is simply the band’s favourite dance music, from Cuba and the wider Cuban diaspora, that includes son montuno, salsa and timba. Classics like “Disco Azúcar”, “Marcando La Distancia”, “La Rebellion (No Le Pegue A La Negra)”, “Idillio” and “Camina Y Ven”. Dancefloor bombs guaranteed. Dancing is inevitable.

On the decks, Leeds salsa/Cuban/Latin music pioneer and legend Lubi Jovanovic who will be dusting off some of the records in his huge vinyl collection to play some Latin/salsa/Cuban dancefloor gems. For one night only, Sunday Joint at Hifi Club takes you on a trip to Havana, Puerto Rico and Colombia without the 12 hour flight. Just add rum and hit the dancefloor!

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