Directed by Rene Avila, “Charangueo”, is the only band in the Midwest that plays this traditional music from the famous 40’s, and 50’s which came from Cuba, and 60’s and 70’s that is considered “The New York” style. This ensemble plays a wide range of Afro-Cuban Jazz styles from Cha-Cha-Cha, Guaguanco, Danzon, Guajira, Guaracha, Mambo and Son.
Charanga is an ensemble that came out of Cuba featuring the unique sound of the french flute and violins. The Cuban Charanga ensemble came from the eastern part of Cuba and became famous in the 1940’s and 50’s. In the space of 120 years, the modern Charanga was born by adding elements of Africa, Spain, and Cuba transforming it into an electric mix of cultures and one of the worlds most exciting dance genres.