Also within the framework of the 37th International Druga Godba Festival
José “Pepito” Gómez, lead vocals; Jacob Plasse, tres; Mike Eckroth, piano / Music Director; César López, alto saxophone / flute; Evaristo Denis, baritone saxophone; Jamil Schery, tenor saxophone; Reinaldo "Molote" Melián, trumpet; Harold Madrigal, trumpet; Yoandy Argudin, trombone; Heikel Fabián, trombone; David Faya, bass; Roberto Jr Vizcaino Torre, conga/bongo; Reinier Mendoza, timbales
When we already believed that Cuba had nothing more to offer, Orquesta Akokán came like a bolt from the blue, a band of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Cuban legends Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940s and 50s. Straight out of Havana, with Cuba's finest players, young and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer José "Pepito" Gómez. The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. An ensemble that will have the audience on their feet from the very first song.