Havana Nights are a 4 or 5 piece lively and entertaining Latin band, playing popular modern salsa and merengue dance hits. They are based in London UK, but have travelled all over the world, from Dublin to Dubai!
Havana Nights's Biography
Line up: Standard 4 piece lineup: vocals/hand percussion, keyboard/vocals, bass/vocals, saxophone/fulte/vocals.
5 piece lineup: add conga drums. (see options)
About The Band
Havana Nights are a 4 piece lively and entertaining Latin band playing popular modern salsa and merengue dance hits. They are based in London UK but have travelled all over the world from Dublin to Dubai!
Havana Nights started with a bang in 1999 playing a residency at a salsa club abroad in the Mediterranean and on their return to London they rapidly grew in fame and popularity playing weekly at all of the UK's top dance venues and at many private/corporate/wedding party events.
Hailed as one of London's 2 hottest salsa bands for the last 5 years Havana Nights are a frequently-appearing act at all the festivals salsa events and club nights on the Latin scene.
Playing Salsa Merengue Bugaloo Bomba, Mambo, Lambada, Latin Pop and more - representing all the popular Latino rhythms and countries, from Cuba to Colombia via Santo Domingo, this band will guarantee an excellent night's entertainment, for top dancers and left-footed tropical party-goers alike.
One of the reasons Havana Nights is so loved by its fans is that they always have the same line-up of great musicians, playing with great swing without sheet music, with slick choreography and a great rapport with the crowd. They are one happy family, and this shows on stage!
Havana Nights features Ecuadorian singer Jorge with not only a rich voice but also an entertaining manner and some slick dance routines.
Also in the front line is female alto sax/ flute player/singer Nina: a strong musician but also a smooth dancer - to make the band as easy on the eyes as it is on the ears!
The line-up is rounded off with Biembo from the Dominican Republic swinging on bass guitar/vocals, Dominican Wilson "El Diablo" - a maniacal devil at the piano, and Hamis on conga drums - a talented group of musicians who know that on-stage presentation and lively performance is every bit as important as talented musicianship.
As a 4 piece band, they comprise 4 singing musicians - and playing hand-percussion, piano, keyboard, bass guitar and sax/flute, with sequenced percussion. With the addition of a 5th musician, you get live conga drums to really get the groove going.
Havana Nights can play 100% salsa music when requested, but their unique line-up guarantees the best genuine Merengue music of any small band in the UK, as they have 2 Dominican musicians - from the home of Merengue music - the Dominican Republic. Many newcomers to Latin music find merengue music much more enjoyable and accessible - and easy to dance to - than Salsa, and just as much fun!!
Havana Nights is equally suitable for parties, weddings (more than 400 played so far) and corporate events as it is for full-on Salsa dance nights, and will bring a repertoire of songs suitable for whichever occasion. They can also provide CD background music between sets, professional dancers or displays, dance classes, DJ's and other ideas to make the evening swing. They are based in London, with frequent appearances in the Capital's busiest salsa venues, but will travel anywhere, and are recently performed for 3 months on a luxury cruise liner all around South America to Rio in Carnival!
Naturally, as a fully professional outfit, they have full Public Liability Insurance (to £10 Million) and all their equipment is PAT tested and certificated, as demanded by most venues. They are also Musicians Union affiliated.
Celebrity/ Royal Caribbean Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruises,
14 months’ residency at the prestigious Dover Street Wine Bar;
3 weeks at the Holiday Inn Eilat; Dubai Creek Golf Club; Bahrain Hilton; Le Meridien Dead Sea Hotel, Jordan; Kempinski’s Malta & Gozo; British Airways; London Airport; Newcastle Airport, Domnican Republic Embassy, Cap Cana luxury resort Dominican Republic; Royal Albert Hall - end of "Carmen" opera party; Harrods, Mappin & Webb Jewellers; Debenhams, The Pier, House of Fraser, Arsenal Football Stadium Matchday; Chelsea Football Club; Olympia Exhibition Hall, London Aquarium, the Christmas/New Year Races @ Kempton Park; Friends of the Earth; Jose Cuervo Tequila; RAF Lakenheath, Price Waterhouse/Coopers; Fabric, The Baltic, Fredericks, PPL; McMenemy Hill;
Hugo Boss, Peppers media, Financial Times, Standard Life, Vodaphone, “Trader Vic’s” @ London Hilton, TUC, Labour Party Conferences 2003 & 2005, Britsh Telecom, Fitness First, Grosvenor House Hotel; Millennium Mayfair Hotel; The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane; Kensington Roof Gardens; Whiteleys Shopping Centre; Warner Brothers Cinemas; British Museum; Museum of Mankind; the Greenwich Festival; Glaxo Smith Kline; Tchibo Coffee; National Theatre; Royal Festival Hall Christmas party; and many many weddings, office parties, Universities, Stately homes, themed events etc etc.
Havana Nights's Set List / Repertoire
• Procura (ChiChi Peralta)
• Micaela (Sonora Carruseles)
• Juliana (Cuco Valoy/ DLG)
• Aicha (Africando)
• Me Libere (Gran Combo de Puerto Rico)
• Idilio (Willie Colon)
• La Jinetera (Willie Chirino)
• Cali Pachanguero (Gran Combo)
• Me Tengo Que Ir (?Sonora Caruseles)
• Tu Carinito (Puerto Rican Power)
• Lloraras (Oscar D'Leon)
• Just the 2 of us (Bill Withers)
• No vale la pena (Ray Sepulveda/ Johnny Rivera)
• Me vuelves loco (Frankie Ruiz)
• Yay Boy (Africando)
• Che che cole (Joe Arroyo)
• Barranquilla (Joe Arroyo)
• Mi Gente (Oscar D'Leon)
• No hay cama pa' tanta gente
• Si Señor (Gloria Estevan)
• Devorame Otra Vez (Lalo Rodrigues)
• Se me rompe'l alma (Victor Manuelle)
• Lluvia (Ruben Blades)
• Nadie como ella (Marc Anthony)
• Disco azucar (Los Van Van)
• Bamboleo (Celia Cruz)
• Pegame tu Vicio (Eddy Herrera)
• Azul Azul (Christian Castro)
• Dame Agua (Banda Gorda)
• Alegria (Toño Rosario)
• Los Mangos Bajitos (Juan Luis Guerra)
• Santa Lucia (Staff)
• A Pedir su Mano (Juan Luis Guerra)
• I wanna hold your hand (Manny Manuel)
• Visa para un sueño (Juan Luis Guerra)
• Morena Ven (Los Hermanos Rosario)
• La Dueña del swing (Los Hermanos Rosario)
• La Bilirubina (Juan Luis Guerra)
• Nadie se muere (La Makina)
• Tiburon (Proyecto Uno)
• Pintame (Elvis Crespo)
• Colegiala (Trad.)
• La Ventanita (Sergio Vargas)
• A Mover la colita
• Lambada (Trad)
• Sobre las olas (El barco)
Also available Latin pop numbers: Mambo No 5 La Vida Loca La Bamba Hot Hot Hot and a merengue version of "I wanna hold your hand" if requested only.