Saturday April 13th – El Swing live Salsa from El Swing Descarga Band with Sarabanda & Friends + El Swing DJs + Salsa Dance Class led Yamile

The Portico

23a, Knights Hill

London SE27 0HS

19.30 – 00.00

Tix: £8 Early Bird/£10 in advance from Eventbrite

£12 OTD

Ahi Na Ma

The next El Swing welcomes the El Swing Descarga* Band featuring a core of Sara McGuinness’s Sarabanda with lots of musician friends. Sarabanda is an accomplished and popular band in its own right and has graced The Portico for many a hot session.

*A descarga (literally discharge in Spanish) is an improvised jam session consisting of variations on Cuban music themes, primarily son montuno, but also guajira, bolero, guaracha and rumba.

*The genre is strongly influenced by jazz and it was developed in Havana during the 1950s. Important figures in the emergence of the genre were Cachao, Julio Gutiérrez, Bebo Valdés, Peruchín and Niño Rivera in Cuba, and Tito Puente, Machito and Mario Bauzá in New York.

The core band will be:
Alfonso Mono De Jesus – vocals
Sara McGuinness – Piano
Javier Fioramonti – Bass
Lilli Ahvenian – Congas
Omar Puente – Violin

Our Colombia-born Salsa teacher, Yamile, gets the hips moving with her all-comers Salsa Dance Class from 7.30, followed by the club night with El Swing DJs and El Swing Descarga Band with Sarabanda.

The DJs: Johnny G, DJ Carey and Gerry Lyseight have hosted some of London’s most legendary club nights: Salsa Fusión, Latin Swing at Wessex House, Mambo Inn …