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Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 04:35 AM

(Orlando Valle) Maraca USA Tour 2011 begins June 14

José Miguel Meléndez (ex-Irakere) & Alfred Thompson (ex-Omara & Ibrahim)

13 piece band playing a mix of dance songs and afro-cuban jazz

Maraca 2011 USA Tour(Orando Valle) Maraca's USA Tour officially begins June, 14, 2011 at the Napa Valley Opera House (8pm) in Napa, California.

Click here for his full 2011 USA Tour Schedule courtesy of TIMBA's Michelle White.

Straight from Cuba, Maraca's ensemble has been called “the most influential Afro-Cuban band of the emerging century” (Chicago Tribune) and “one of the hottest names in jazz” (LA Times). Maraca will have the Opera House moving to the authentic rhythms of salsa, mambo and cha cha cha, as well as creative Afro-Cuban jazz.

The band has been extended to 13 musicians, all coming from Cuba, with great addition as Jose-Miguel melendez (ex-Irakere), on vocals and solo percussion, and Alfred Thompson (ex-Irakere, Omara Portuondo and Ibrahim Ferrer) on tenor saxophone. The band will be playing a mix of their afro cuban jazz repertoire, danceable songs from their hits and songs from their new danceable CD which is being recorded in Havana now.

Participating Musicians & Staff:
Orlando “Maraca” Valle bandleader, flute, composer, arranger 
Josiel Pérez  trumpet 
Eduardo Martínez  trumpet 
Ariel Pérez  trombone 
Alfred Thompson  tenor saxophone 
Andrés Pérez  baritone saxophone 
Lester Ciarreta  vocal 
Alexei “El Nene” Sánchez  vocal 
José Miguel Meléndez  vocal, percussion 
Iván Llanes  drums, timbales 
Yosmel Montejo  bass 
Rafael Valiente  congas, background vocals 
Andy Rubal  piano 
Céline Chauveau  manager 



get in the timba.com lear jet then!

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I'm dying to see Nené and José Miguel for the first time live. I hear they've been gigging in La Habana so they should be battle-tested.

Posted by: Kevin Moore on Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 10:30 PM

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Great poster! You guys are going to have to say hi to Maraca, Celine, El Nene and Lester for me! I bummed that I won't be able to see them myself.

Posted by: Michelle White on Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 06:02 AM

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