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Monday, October 28 2013

Live Salsa Night: Osvaldo Chacon in Cambridge, Sat. Nov. 9th 2013!

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

[Direct link to ONLINE BOOKING]

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;
  • 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

Sunday, June 30 2013

The AfroSalsa Festival 2013

The AfroSalsa Dance Festival 2013

Saturday July 13th - 09:30 - 02.30

Sunday July 14th - 12:30 - 23.30

Cambridge - The Missing Sock and the Man on the Moon


Two great days out of Salsa dancing, music, fine food, partying and friendship!

  • More than 20 hours of workshop to choose from in: Salsa, AfroCuban, Ladies/Men Styling, Bachata, Kizomba, percussions.
  • Classes for all levels. Indoors and covered outdoors, weather-proof spaces.
  • Non-stop partying until 2.30am on the Saturday night, and extra partying until 23:30 on the Sunday night.
  • Exclusive shows by the invited teachers.
  • Delicious food and drink specials available on site. Ample parking space.


The programme features professional master teachers who have impressive track records of teaching nationally and internationally. It also actively promotes the new generation of teachers who have learned from the masters and are doing a great job developing Cuban salsa at the national level. Finally, it also features some of the teachers who are doing an essential job in developing Cuban salsa at the local level in East Anglia. In alphabetical order, please welcome:

Etián Antuche Almeida, Cuba/London - Casino Style
Damarys Farres, Cuba/London - AfroCuban/Son
José Ferrera Mullen, Cuba/Norwich - Percussions
Kerry Ribchester, UK/London - Cuban bodywork
Ariel Rios Robert, Cuba/London - AfroCuban/Salsa

NEW NEW NEW: Moe Flex, London - Rueda de Casino

NEW NEW NEW: Yanet Fuentes, Cuba/London - Lady styling and exclusive show

NEW NEW NEW: Yolanda Perez, Cuba/London - AfroCuban Fusion

NEW NEW NEW: Karel Duvergel, Cuba/Leamington Spa - Muevelo, Rueda, Cha Cha Cha

Julian Marmolejo, Colombia/London - Bachata
Francis Marinho, UK/Milton Keynes - Reggaeton/Salsa Suelta
Elen Wales & René Bekker, UK/Kent - Kizomba

NEW NEW NEW: DJ Alexandra MiniVibes, London's Premier Female Salsa DJ!

Richard and Sharon,, Norwich
YouYi and Emma, Bachata Cambridge
DJ Sacha, Cambridge Cuban Salsa, Cambridge

NEW NEW NEW: Debbie Back2Toes will provide her heavenly massages as part of the Saturday programme!

NEW NEW NEW: Clive Frost will tell his fascinating travel stories about Cuba and the making of his book "CUBA: Cubanas y Cubanos". The book will be available at a preferential rate during the festival. Clive Frost's website:

All the above teachers are CONFIRMED at the time of writing, we will add more to the lineup if the festival gets sufficient support.



  • 9:30am - 10am : registration, free tea/coffee, welcome address.
  • 10am - 1pm : morning workshops.
  • 1pm - 2pm : lunch break, special buffet.
  • 2pm - 7pm : afternoon workshops.
  • 7pm - 8.30pm : dinner break, special menu or a la carte.
  • 8.30pm : ice-breaker and party, shows at 11pm.


  • 12:30 - 14:00 : brunch time, open dancefloors, free ruedas.
  • 14:00 - 17:00 : special 3hrs rueda workshop, "Hangout with Moe Flex"!
  • 17:00 - 19:30 : Dinner break.
  • 19:30 - 23:30 : Special class (teacher TBC) and free party at the Sunday Salsa Lounge, Man on the Moon, 3 Norfolk St, CB1 2LF, upon presentation of the festival's wristband.

Please CLICK HERE to see the programme!

All teachers are confirmed at the time of writing. This programme is provisional, we reserve the right to introduce adjustments.


The Missing Sock
Finders Corner, Newmarket Road,
Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridge CB25 9AQ

An inspirational and innovative place on the outskirts of Cambridge, with a brilliant deco and some amazing food and drinks. You will be enchanted.
Click here for more information about the venue.

Accommodation: camping on site is available for £5 if booked in advance with the Missing Sock. SHOWERS are available. There is also a wide range of cheap hotels available nearby. Please CLICK HERE for information about TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION to the festival.


Like last year, there will be a £6 BUFFET offer for lunch (BBQ option to be confirmed), and a 3-course buffet special at £14 for dinner. A range of snacks will also be available throughout the day.

Gentle notice: as part of the agreement that makes it possible to organise the festival at this great venue, all food consumed on the premises MUST come from The Missing Sock. The food has received very positive feedback last year, so we hope that this is good value for you. Thank you for your understanding.

Pricing and tickets:

Tickets are significantly cheaper if bought in advance. The price list below indicates prices until July 12th/on site:

  • Saturday+Sunday, full pass: £60/£65.
  • Saturday+Sunday, full pass, STUDENT: £35/£40.
  • Saturday only, workshops+party: £50/£55.
  • Saturday only, workshops+party, STUDENT: £30/£35.
  • Saturday party + shows only: £12/£15.
  • Sunday only, 3hrs workshop + free party: £20/£20.
  • Sunday only, 3hrs workshop + free party, STUDENT: £15/£15.
  • Children under 12 years old FREE.

Tickets can be bought in advance at the preferential rate through the following channels:

  • online through Paypal, using the drop-down menu below (NO PAYPAL ACCOUNT NEEDED, the bookings can be made with any regular credit card);
  • directly at The Sunday Salsa Lounge, every Sunday, 19:30 - 23:30, Man on the Moon, 2 Norfolk St, CB1 2LF - 079 03 828 017;
  • directly at The Thursday Salsa Social Club, every Thursday, 19:30 - 23:30, Cambridge Working Men's Club, 125 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1DB (opposite the Crown Court) - 079 03 828 017;
  • directly and anytime at The Missing Sock, Finders Corner, Newmarket Road, Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridge CB25 9AQ - 01223 812 660.


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.


More info

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further enquiries.

"Welcome and thank you for your support. We wish you two great days of dancing, partying, fine food and friendship at the AfroSalsa Dance Festival!"

-- The AfroSalsa Dance Festival team:
-- DJ Sacha, Cambridge Cuban Salsa and The Missing Sock

Please click on the flyers below:

AfroSalsa_2013_front.jpg AfroSalsa_2013_back.jpg

Monday, December 10 2012

Opening/closing dates during the holiday period

Our opening and closing times during the holiday period are the following:

  • Thursday December 13th - OPEN - Last Thursday class of 2012 with Danza Zunzun.
  • Sunday December 16th - OPEN - Special XMas party with DJ JAvier from London!
  • Thursday December 20th - CLOSED
  • Sunday December 23rd - CLOSED
  • Thursday December 27th - CLOSED
  • Sunday December 30th - CLOSED
  • Thursday January 3rd - CLOSED

Cambridge Cuban Salsa wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks to your support, 2012 has been a fantastic year for the development of Cuban salsa in Cambridge. We look forward to seeing you again in 2013 for more! :-)

- DJ Sacha

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