Orquesta Akokán

Straight out of Havana


Friday, Sept. 30, 2022

7:30pm // Atwood Concert Hall

Sponsored By: Joanne & Brian Bennett

Close your eyes and imagine you’re transported to a dance club in Cuba in the late ’40s – that relentless rhythm you hear is the heartbeat of Orquesta Akokán. With the island’s finest players and dynamic singer José “Pepito” Gómez, these 21st century hotshots are polishing the golden sound of mambo with a contemporary sheen and powerful sense of akokán, meaning “from the heart” or “soul.”

Since bursting onto the global music scene only four years ago, these Grammy-nominated fireballs have lit up stages worldwide, including selling out Lincoln Center, and topping NPR Music’s annual “Best of” lists with grooves “as intense as a runaway train.”

Bask in musical sunshine as Orquesta Akokán warms your heart and satisfies your soul. ¡Bailamos! 

TYPE OF EVENING:
Big Band meets Buena Vista Social Club 
Latin music night 
Global grooves 

WHAT TO EXPECT:
A blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo 
A living salute to mambo's mid-century heyday 

COME WITH:
Your best dancing shoes 
Your heartstrings tuned to the tropics 

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