CHUKALE – Saturday 27th July

Directed by percussionist and lead singer Gustavo Cereijo, the eleven-piece Afro-Cuban Salsa ensemble “Chukale” has been delighting Australian audiences since 2005.

A benchmark for Latin American music in Australia, Chukale has supported touring international Salsa icons Sonora Carruseles from Colombia, Venezuela’s multiple Grammy award-winner Los Amigos Invisibles and Grammy award-winning Cuban cultural institution Los Van Van.Chukale is dedicated to showcasing the cream of international Latin American talent. Legendary Buena Vista Social Club lead singer Felix Baloy and flautist Policarpo “Polo” Tamayo recently paid Chukale its greatest compliment to date by recording with the band. Uruguay’s multi-gold record selling vocalist Gonzalo Porta and gifted Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco have graced Chukale’s recent stage performances.

The band built its reputation working from the ground up with residencies in a variety of Brisbane hot spots including Cloudland, the Alhambra Lounge, Uber and Barsoma, and at Byron Bay’s famous Beach Hotel. They’ve ignited World Music festivals and events including the Woodford Folk Festival and Bellingen Global Carnival (2007), Darling Harbour’s Fiesta Festival (2008) and the Sydney Salsa Congress (2009).

On stage, Uruguayan born conga maestro Cereijo teams up with Daniel Gonzales on timbales, drummer Sacha Kloostra and Cuban bass player Osmar Salazar Hernandez to form the band’s driving rhythm section. The Conservatorium trained brass section comprises trumpet players Bob Schultz and Michael Connors, and on trombone Shane Hannan, who combined with pianist Christo Iconomidis gives the band its unmistakable Salsa signature. Tika Roberte completes the band on vocals, and adds further energy to the stage with her unmistakable talent as a Latin dancer.

Chukale’s much anticipated debut album is due for completion by the end of 2011. It will feature tracks recorded in Havana with former Buena Vista Social Club Salseros Baloy and Tamayo

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