Blog

Caramelo Blog

Here you will find our recommendations for music, places to go, events, thoughts on dancing and anything else we think might be of interest
Oct
06

SONG OF THE WEEK - MAMA CALUNGA, JOHNNY SEDES

For this week's selcection, we've gone for someone more than a little special. If we talk about the history of Venezuelan music , without a doubt, one of the first musicians to be mentioned is Juan Sedes, better known in the art world as "Johnny Sedes". Johnny Sedes was one of the representative figures of the Salsa scene in the 70s. His brilliant career as a saxophonist, arranger, composer and director of his own orchestra developed in New York.

 

“Mama Calunga” was the album that made him famous and included  participation of such musicians and artists as Mario Rivera, Don Palmer, Johnny Sedes on saxophone, Chaparro on trumpet, Richie Ray on piano, Leo Gonzalez and Chivirico Davila on vocals, as well as Bobby Cruz. “Mama Calunga” by Johnny “Juan” Sedes is a rare gem in the  “Fonseca” records catalogue, it came out in 1969 and has been a hit on the dance floors ever since.

 

We give you... JOHNNY SEDES with "MAMA CALUNGA"! :)

 

Continue reading
  2450 Hits
2450 Hits
Oct
05

Amsterdam International Salsa Congress 14-17 November 2014

Amsterdam International Salsa Congress 2014
 
Here we go! Our next congress adventure will be at Amsterdam International Salsa Congress! The theme of the congress is "Revenge of the Nerds" - so get your inner geeks and nerds out people, this is the time to do it and have fun dancing Salsa!!
 
Caramelo Latin Dance is an official partner of the fantastic Amsterdam International Salsa Congress that will take place in this beautiful city on 14-17 November 2014!
 
THE CARAMELO PRO-TEAM and STUDENT PERFORMANCE TEAMS WILL BE PERFORMING AT THIS UNIQUE SALSA FESTIVAL... & SHAAN IS TEACHING & DJ-ING TOO!
 
CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO & DISCOUNT PROMO CODE... http://www.salsacongress.nl/buy-your-ticket/
You can profit from a discount of  10 Euros on ticket passes AND bootcamps.
Simply enter our DISCOUNT PROMO CODE "CARAMELO" in the booking process. At the end of every month, ticket prices go up – so book now!
 
Check out the official webpage of the the congress: http://www.salsacongress.nl
 
If you love 'The Big Bang Theory', spend hours discussing 'Star Trek', speak fluent Klingon or feel a strong bond with Bill Gates, this might be the Salsa Congress for you!

The 3rd edition of the Amsterdam International Salsa Congress will be from Friday November 14 till Sunday November 16th in Amsterdam.
the 2013 edition was a huge success and we expect this year to be even better. 3 days of Salsa in one of the best cities in the world to party, so let the entertainment begin!
 
The AISC 2014 will be held in 'De Koning', literally just a few steps away from the main hotel. Even though last year's event was amazing, the organizers still managed to make some improvements for this year.
 
1) Less shows, more dancing
2) Salsa & Bachata Area and a Strictly Kizomba Area
3) Delicious Mediterranean catering available, for very reasonable prices.
4) Parties till 6 AM
 
***ARTISTS***
------------------
Leon Rose Project (UK)
Shaan Y Su Caramelo Latin Dance (UK)
Marco Ferrigno & Natalia Lopez (IT)
Jose Diaz & Nerea Perez (IT/ES)
Mark-Anthony & Ukraine Mambo Project (UA)
Mitchell & Monica (DE)
Fabian & Esther / Sabor a Fuego (ES)
Jose Aguilar (NY)
Franco Rocha & Lucia Medina (UY)
Fadi & Romy (LU)
Made in Italy (IT)
Gabriel & Zinthya (AE)
Victor Ortega & Muriel (CH)
Caramelo Pro Team (UK)
Vasil & Yoana (BU)
Fuerza Azteca (GR/MX)
Leslie Andoh-Wilson (DE)
Cesar Sanchez & Janina (DE)
Gabriel Riquelme (DE)
Byron & Ariadni (GR)
Salsa Block (GR)
Fuerza Aztekita (GR)
Siembra Dance Company (FR)
Evelina & Gosia (PL)
Ronald & Vivienne (NL)
Pasty & Josta (NL)
Soeniel & Maud (NL)
Estilo Dance (NL)
Guateque (NL)
ShelinaSalsa (NL)
Golosa (NL)
Ariel Johnston (NL)
And more to come...
 
*** DJs***
----------------------
Dj Shaan (Uk)
Dj Willy (NL)
Dj Mauricio Reyes (UK)
Dj Aime O' (BE)
Dj Kamal Salsadura Full (DE)
Dj Ryad (NL)
Dj Dj-Guy Raphael
Dj Walter Correia (NL)
 
*** PROGRAM***
--------------------
FRIDAY
22:00 - 06:00 | Party (Revenge of the Nerds)
22:00 - 23:00 | International Shows
Theme: Revenge of the Nerds: be the biggest Nerd present and you'll win a free Full Pass for the 2015 edition.
Stay tuned to more inspiration on the theme day!
 
SATURDAY
11:00 - 18:00 | Workshops
22:30 - 23:30 | Shows
22:00 - 06:00 | Party (Gala)
Dress code: dress to impress.
 
SUNDAY
11:00 - 18:00 | Workshops
22:00 - 04:00 | Party with Live Band & Dj's
Live Music, International Performances.
 
 
We hope you can join us guys! Salsa Geeks Unite!! :-D
Continue reading
  5410 Hits
5410 Hits
Sep
22

SONG OF THE WEEK - OYE MEN, NORO MORALES

This week we've chosen a beautiful, playful and flowing piano piece. This soulful instrumental song is popular with Salsa dancers everywhere as it crosses cultural and language barriers, with many choreographies performed to this song. 

It is brought to us by the much beloved Noro Morales, who was very popular in the 40's & 50's and considered by many to be the Latin-American Duke Ellington of his time.

 

This particular song was actually written in the 60's when he had returned to Puerto Rico after living in New York for over 2 decades. We give you the wonderful... NORO MORALES with "OYE MEN"! :)

 

 

Continue reading
  2433 Hits
2433 Hits
Sep
15

SONG OF THE WEEK - HAITIAN LADY, WILLIE BOBO

For my selection this week, I've chosen a latin instrumental groove and real favourite of mine in this genre. It has also been used for performance shows by great dancers such as Sekou and Magna.

 

I give you... WILLIE BOBO with "HAITIAN LADY"! :D

 

Continue reading
  2142 Hits
2142 Hits
Sep
08

SONG OF THE WEEK - LA NICHE, ORQUESTA LA CONSPIRACION

Songs evoke memories!! And some great Salsa songs tend to recall memories of great dances we've had with other people. This week's song of the week selection has this effect on me everytime I hear it or when I DJ it at a Salsa congress or party.

This wonderful memory of mine of a great dance to a great song was with my good friend, the fabulous Ana Masacote from Boston, in 2009 at a european congress. It was a true feeling of a moment when the dance I was having was in perfect synchronization, and with a perfect connection in the moment, with your dance partner!

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_1930502_24778602295_6838_n.jpg

 

The song itself is another classic, full of powerful beats, breaks and sabor, by one of most famous Salsa bands of all time, and it is one of my favourite songs to dance to and to DJ as well.

 

With this week's selection dedicated to Ana Masacote, I give you... ORQUESTA LA CONSPIRACION with "LA NICHE"! :)

 

 

Continue reading
  2433 Hits
2433 Hits

 

Subscribe to our newsletter

 

 

Contact Us

07572 891570

info@caramelolatindance.co.uk

Paddington Academy, 50 Marylands Road, London, W9 2DR