WCMA nominated world/latin band MAZACOTE is a hard-hitting six piece with deep roots in the music of Nicaragua, Mozambique and Colombia. Inspired by Afro-Caribbean percussion and tropical party sounds, they play brass-heavy latin dance beats with a socially conscious message.
Their new politically-charged album PATRIA, on Justin Time/Nettwerk Music, draws upon themes of identity, immigration and resistance, reflecting on the plight of those escaping violence and corruption in Nicaragua and around the world.
Performing together since 2009, Mazacote features the captivating voice of Nicaraguan singer/songwriter David Lopez and a groove-heavy rhythm section with Frankie Hidalgo on Bass, Chris Couto on Timbales, Robin Layne on Congas, Japanese pianist Niho Takase and jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken.
Mazacote performs across the globe at music festivals and dance clubs, bringing their world dance party vibes to audiences of all ages! Recent highlights include headlining the Vancouver International Salsa Festival with New York latin jazz trombone legend Jimmy Bosch, as well as mainstage appearances at the Harmony Arts Festival, Townsite Jazz Festival, Carnaval del Sol, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Winterruption Arts and Culture Festival and the Global Music Festival.
What people are saying about MAZACOTE....
" Simply one of the most exceptional Latin music projects in recent memory. An invigorating, dynamic group....a vibrant celebration, potent and passionate music"
"Politics intertwined with party bangers.
A jazz festival highlight " ~ Vancouver Sun
"Richly tropical brass-soaked beats" ~ CashBox Canada
“fantastic sound and show" ~ Roger Chen, salsaevents.ca
"sizzling latin rhythms ... highly recommended" ~ Jodi Smith, JLS Entertainment, Harmony Arts Festival
“Mazacote "gets" it with their powerhouse shows" ~ Cheyenne Kamran, Director Vancouver International Salsa Festival
"They sure know how to bring a crowd to their feet!" ~ Kelowna Capital News
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