Carnival Music

Paseo Malanga

Paseo Malanga

Paseo Malanga have been celebrating the music and colour of the Santiago de Cuba carnival since 1993. They play the rhythms and melodies of the traditional ‘Paseo’ (costumed street bands) with trumpets, saxophones, trombone and percussion.

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Paseo Malanga have been celebrating the music and colour of the Santiago de Cuba carnival since 1993. They play the rhythms and melodies of the traditional ‘Paseo’ (costumed street bands) with trumpets, saxophones, trombone and percussion.

They have played and paraded at gigs for parties, weddings, festivals and carnivals all over the world. From the Stoke Newington Festival in London to headlining the Rain Forest World Music Festival in Borneo! From Finsbury Park Rise Festival to the fiestas of Santiago de Cuba, they are full of energy and humor and love playing for any audience. Paseo Malanga began as an open music workshop under the wing of Cuba Solidarity Campaign in 1993 and have since been to Cuba to enjoy the Carnival and play with some great Cuban players.

A ‘Paseo’ is an attractive element during the carnival of Santiago using instruments of a jazz band with drums, playing folk music of Cuba. And ‘Malanga’ is a root vegetable as well as meaning ‘It doesn’t bother me’ in Santiago.

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First gig: Cuba Solidarity Parade, Oxford Street. London. 26 July 1993

Hottest gig: Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival 2000 (34 C)

Coldest gig: Parliament Square. London. February.2000 (-3 C)

Biggest venue: Respect 2003, Millennium Dome. London.

Smallest venue: Miniscule of sound house band, chats palace, Hackney, London. 1999

Furthest gig: Regents canal charity conga. London.2000 (5 miles)

Longest gig: River Thames conga for ITV Hearts of Gold charity. London.  (6 hours)Z

Shortest gig: Street busk, Brighton. UK. 2001 (5 minutes)

Wettest gig: TELCO conga, London. 2002 (torrential rain)

Drunkest gig: Stoke Newington Festival, London, (every year since 1994)

Most crowded gig: Notting hill Carnival. UK. (2003)

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