The inclusion of Wara at the Lauch of Rich Mix Summer Season last Saturday was a testament to the growing influence of Latin music on the music scene in London. Honestly, I knew little about the band at that point in time, but I was kind of getting the idea that a latin fusion band that fused Cuban timba and salsa with soul, funk, Afro-Cuban grooves, pan-Latin rhythms and even Drum’n’Bass and dubstep have to know how throw a party.
When they took the stage, people cheered and the dancing instantly began. They went through their set with infectious heat and rhythm performing their dynamic, Latin influenced music for a lively crowd. The members of Wara all have fantastic chemistry onstage, and it seemed they quickly burned through their set.
The group of musicians, each truly talented, put passion and soul into every song. The audience was moved to dance until the early hours of the morning by the heartfelt performance.
The band was made up of: Eliane Correa (MD, keys, vocals), Juanita Euka & Nana-Clara Aldrin Quaye (vocals), Josh “Murmur” Solnick (MC), Taurean Antoine-Chagar (sax), Greg Sanders Gallego (guitar)George Cole (bass), Leandro “Lele” Mancini-Olivos (drumkit) and Ernesto “Malandro” Marichales (percussion)
The endlessly energetic and always creative musicians brought the house to their feet for a memorable and remarkable show. We strongly recommend seeing this very energetic big Latin band as it is a rare and wonderful treat.
Check the Wara’s website for more info.