Formed in 2007, the band emerged from a collective of musicians who cut their teeth playing in the salsa dance scene while embracing jazz and pop music. Inspired by the party grooves and percussion styles of latin heavies like Tito Puente, Machito and Mario Bauza, they released their first full-length album Simmer & Serve (2009).
Breaking new musical ground meant finding inspiration beyond borders. Tanga branched outward with their second album Havanaelectro: a rich soundscape born out of recording sessions in Cuba, featuring the sounds of Silvana Kane (Pacifika), Kyprios (Sweatshop Union), members of Tanta de los Guaracheros (Havana) and Grammy Award-winning trombonist Jimmy Bosch (New York). It’s been called a “powerful recording” (BC Musician), and ” the most refreshingly contemporary expression of latin groove music so far” (WorldBeat International). Havanaelectro was nominated for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards: World Recording of the Year and the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards: World Group of the Year.
Their new release Reencarnción (2018) on TrebleFive Records, highlights new sounds from musical adventures in South America. Check out the singles “Guanchaka” featuring special guest MC Guanaco, “Cumbia Loca,” and “Hasta al Fin” with troubadour Benjamin Venagas.
A festival favorite, Tanga’s recent performances include the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Harrison Folk Fest, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Harmony Arts, Victoria’s Garden City Grooves Fest and the Squamish Wind Fest.
“The most relevant, most refreshingly contemporary expression of Latin groove music so far, not just in the Pacific Northwest but in the scope of the global genre” ~WorldBeat International
“A powerful recording that deftly incorporates Latin funk, hip hop, Latin jazz, electro, salsa and a variety of Afro-Cuban influences” ~BC Musician Magazine
“Upbeat and high energy…bound to get stuck in your head!” ~Agua Latina Radio Show, CJSR FM