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Latin rhythms and Spanish melodies

Rio Samaya Band is coming to the McMillan Arts Centre  Monday, Aug. 18 - Submitted Photo BY THE MAC
Rio Samaya Band is coming to the McMillan Arts Centre Monday, Aug. 18
— image credit: Submitted Photo BY THE MAC

Wonderfully enchanting Latin rhythms and romantic melodies in Spanish will be performed at the McMillan Art Centre this Monday.

Based in Vancouver, the Rio Samaya Band is made up of Pancho and Sal, partners in life as well as in music. The couple also performs Italian, English and French folk songs.Five years ago Pancho and Sal created  Rio Samaya Band with the concept to tour Canada and the world as a duo and join local musicians.

Rio Samaya Band has already debuted with incredibly talented musicians in their hometown Vancouver, and in Montreal, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland in Canada, as well as in Beijing, China; Goa, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Southern France; East coast Australia; Aukland, New Zealand and Phnom Phen in Cambodia.

With a style that flows through the folkloric traditions of Central and South America,  Rio Samaya music is inseparably tied to the natural pulse of our planet.

A poet since his youth in Argentina, Pancho is the lead singer and songwriter.  He writes in the centuries-old tradition of Spanish America, blending it with elements of folk, country, and reggae, as well as the rhythms he learned from Gypsies in the south of France.

Sal grew up playing accordion in Vancouver but has roots in Argentina, sings ethereal harmonies and plays hand percussion instruments.  They have a unique style of translating simultaneously from Spanish to English.Guitar, bombo, chachas, accordion, quena, flute, harmonica, piano, charango and ukulele are just some of the instruments they play.  Together they create a gentle but compelling sound.

—Submitted by the McMillan Arts Centre

 

 

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