Zandhunga brings Latin beat to Wave

A multi-national phenomenon, Zandhunga is the seed that sprouted West Coast Canada’s premiere Latin Dance ensemble, Luzna Orchestra.

ZANDHUNGA WILL PLAY Nov. 19 at the Waverley Hotel.

ZANDHUNGA WILL PLAY Nov. 19 at the Waverley Hotel.

A multi-national phenomenon, Zandhunga is the seed that sprouted West Coast Canada’s premiere Latin Dance ensemble, Luzna Orchestra.

Specializing in flavour-intensive, dance-demanding Salsa, Cumbia and other Latino styles, Zandhunga is a versatile and far-reaching collective uniting musicians and dancers hailing from Vancouver Island, Canada, Mexico City and Xalapa, Mexico.

With searing-hot sax solos, fleshed out by heartfelt and richly exotic vocals over a bed of Afro-Latin rhythms, montunos and tumbaos, Zandhunga delivers fiesta. Cuban bata drums, congas, cowbells, fretless bass and piano are employed in this authentically Latin rhythm section whose purpose is purely to propel bodies to move on the dance floor.

Past performances include headlining Mexico’s Jazz Festival in Mazunte, and the Comox Valley Latin-Caribbean Festival, as well as numerous sold-out nights in Joe’s Garage.

In addition to presenting original material, Zandhunga’s performances pay tribute to legends of Latin music such as Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, Ismael Rivera and Willie Colon.

For more, visit www.myspace.com/zandhunga.

There’s a $10 cover charge. Doors open Nov. 19 at 9:30 p.m.

— Cumberland Village Works