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Ke Lo Ke Live

Sat Dec 16th, 2023

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Get ready for an electrifying night of Cuban rhythms that will transport you to the heart of Havana! Join us at Ponsonby Social Club on Saturday 16 December, and let Ke lo Ke band take you on a musical journey not to be forgotten.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of Cuba as ten international musicians from Cuba, Chile, Peru, England, and Aotearoa come together to ignite the stage. They'll be grooving to the infectious beats of Salsa, Timba, Rumba, Son, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, Afro-Cuban Jazz, and Bolero.

Ke lo Ke is not just any band; they are a fusion of some of New Zealand's most exceptional Latin and jazz musicians, each a master of their craft. These talented artists traverse different eras and genres of Cuban music while paying homage to its Afro-Cuban roots. Their music channels the spirit of Cuban legends — Grammy Award-winning icons such as Irakere, Buena Vista Social Club, Alexander Abreu, Habana De Primera, and Mexican-American sensation Poncho Sanchez.

Founded in 2022 by the incomparable Isbert (Vivio) Ramos Mediaceja, a pioneer of Cuban music and dance in New Zealand, Ke lo Ke brings together a brilliant ensemble of musicians. You may recognise them from their work in bands such as Havana Groove, Cameleon Afro-Latino, Matecito Latin Band, Calle Latina, Son de Cuba, C-26, Kevin Field Band, Auckland Jazz Orchestra, New Bop Quintet, and Goldsmith Baynes. Their combined talent and passion for Cuban music promise a night of unparalleled enchantment.

Don't miss this extraordinary musical experience! Join us at Ponsonby Social Club on Saturday 16 December, and let Ke lo Ke make your night sizzle with all the flavour of Cuba!

Ke lo Ke band is:
Vocals and percussion — ISBERT (VIVIO) RAMOS MEDIACEJA (Cuba)
Vocals and percussion — MARCELO VALENCIA STUARDO (Chile)
Piano — MARK BAYNES — (England)
Bass and vocals — ALEX GRIFFIN (Aotearoa)

Percussion and vocals — RAFAEL FERRER NOEL (Cuba)
Saxophone and tres — DIEGO MORALES SEPULVEDA (Chile)
Trumpet — MIKE BOOTH (Aotearoa)
Flute — ALEX MARIHUÉN (Chile)
Percussion — IGNACIO VALENCIA (Chile)
Percussion — MIKEY TRUJILLO (Peru)
Percussion and vocals: ALEXANDER PARKER VALENCIA (Chile)
NB: Ke lo Ke is pronounced ‘Kay Low Kay’.


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