When: Saturday March 2nd, doors open 8pm, band on stage 9.30pm
Where: USC (University Social Club), Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

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Yet another fantastic salsa event brought to you by Cambridge Cuban Salsa:

OSVALDO CHACON Y SU TIMBA live in Cambridge!

Cambridge Cuban Salsa means quality, this is a top professional band with verifiable credentials:


Originally trained as a music teacher in Havana, Osvaldo Chacón began his musical career with some of Cuba's top salsa bands, including Paulito FG and El Medico de la Salsa. In 1995 he joined Bamboleo as lead male singer and was featured on their seminal CD "Te Gusto o te caigo bien" released in 1997. He also wrote some of the songs including the title track, which won Chacón a prize for "best debut work" in Cuba's influential annual music awards Cubadisco 98. Chacón was also featured in the performance of the longest son ever played in the world, officially registered in the Guinness Book of Records, as part of the 1997 line-up of Cuba's leading popular orchestras at Havana's famous Salon Rosado de la Tropical.

In 1997 Chacón came to London to form his own group and rapidly established himself as a leading exponent in the UK of the new and exciting sound of Cuban timba. While developing Chacón y su Timba., he continued to be in demand as a singer and solo artist, and has been invited to perform alongside the likes of Adalberto Santiago, Azuquita, Tito Allen (Fania All Stars) , Roberto Pla, Herman Olivera and Eddie Palmieri (at Ronnie Scott's and later Queen Elizabeth Hall), the great Latin percussionist Giovanni Hildago (at the Queen Elizabeth Hall), Chick Corea as well as the supreme luminaries of Latin song Celia Cruz, Oscar d'Leon, Ruben Blades and Alberto "El Canario".

Chacón y su Timba includes a line-up of the UK's foremost Cuban and Latin musicians. The band has played at a variety of leading Festivals, arts centre and nightclub venues around the country, including a rousing session at the Barbican Centre's ¡Cuba Presente! Festival in 2000, the Clerkenwell Festival in 1999, the World Beat Festival in Morecombe Bay in 2000, Musicport in Whitby in 2001; and around London at the Millenium Dome, Africa Centre, Cargo, O'Neill's Leytonstone, Smollensky's, Turnmills, with regular invitations to appear at Momos. Other UK touring dates included the Bath Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, The Jazz and Roots Club at the Buttermarket, Shrewsbury, the Black Bottom Club, Northampton and Southhill Park Arts Centre. They delivered a fantastic live concert at the 2013 edition of the London Cuban Congress, and anyone who was there will definitely want more.

In early 2001, Chacón went back to Havana to record his first solo CD Salsa Afro Cubana with top-ranking Cuban artists, performing all his own compositions and arrangements. The album was released later that year on the UK-based ARC record label and the lead track Mi Vicio (My Vice) was included in the recent MANTECA compilation Salsa Timba. His song “Cumbia pa’Colombia” is featured in the book “The AQA GCSE Anthology of Music” and is used as an example of Latin music for students studying for music exams.

It is a chance and a honour to be able to welcome such an accomplished artist in Cambridge for this danceable concert and party, without having to drive miles away to enjoy his music.

The night will also be spiced up by the two DJs who are setting the salsa trends in Cambridge: DJ VISH, who has been running CLUB SALSA EVENTS for the past 15 years, and DJ SACHA of CAMBRIDGE CUBAN SALSA, who brought the Cuban spice to the city. They will pull out their best tunes to take the party to a level that you have rarely seen in Cambridge.

An exciting salsa concert and party with quality musicians and DJs, but without the extra miles: we're definitely going!

Doors open 8pm, band on stage 9.30pm, party ends 1am.
Prices: advance booking £15 (NUS £8), at the door £18 (NUS £10).

NEW: The ticket includes a free after party until 4am at the 12A Club on Market Square, just 5 minutes walk from the concert venue! Please show your concert wristband at the door to get free access. That makes it even better value for a fantastic Salsa night out until the break of dawn!

Advance booking at the discounted price can be done:

  • Directly with DJ Sacha on Thursday evenings at the Cambridge Working Men's Club, Sunday evenings at the Sunday Salsa Lounge (details on http://www.CambridgeCubanSalsa.co.uk);
  • Online with the PayPal button below. Please note:
    • You do not need a PayPal account to book online, just use a credit card by clicking "Don't have a PayPal account?" on the checkout page.
    • We operate a ticket-free scheme. Your name will be registered on our list at the door. Please print your PayPal receipt as a proof of purchase.
    • Please bring your student ID if you booked at student price. We reserve the right to claim the difference or to refuse access to the workshop if a student ID can't be shown.

But no worries, it is possible to buy your tickets at the door! :-)


We hope to see you there! :-)

- Cambridge Cuban Salsa