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Cover Band available for hire, based in Queensland

Hot Mambo is Queensland’s hottest Latin-Jazz dance band, whose infectious, high-energy grooves guarantee to bring any audience leaping to their feet and oozing on to the dance floor.

Hot Mambo plays a mix of traditional and contemporary Latin music. The repertoire features all the essential Latin rhythms from Cuba, Columbia and Brazil, ranging from the fiery Salsa through to the cool and sexy Samba. The mix is well seasoned with funk and jazz elements from the popular songs of Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, Sergio Mendes, Tito Puente and Hot Mambo’s original compositions.

The result is a repertoire intuitively tailored to set fire to any audience, from Latin dance enthusiasts through to the rhythmically-naïve, and to the whole gamut of venues from formal functions to the festival big-top.

The line-up comprises Wendy Murray on vocals, Louise Denson on piano, Yenni Barnes on percussion, Clint Allen on trumpet, Shane Palmada on saxophone and flute, Jeremy O’Connor on bass and Sacha Kloostra on drums.

Hot Mambo’s secret ingredient is a strong grounding in jazz. All the members are accomplished musicians in their own right and bounce spontaneously and instinctively off each other in the jazz tradition. Having worked together since 1999, the band’s performances are polished, cohesive and dynamic.

Live performances are visually spectacular, incorporating choreographed movement and a strong, female energy out front that adds to the music’s natural sensuality. On request Hot Mambo can expand to include a floorshow by Queensland Salsa Dance champions Ellie Torres and Carlos Galiano.

Some of Hot Mambo’s recent performances include:

Official opening of Roma Street Parklands


Brisbane Riverfestival

Southbank Parklands Salsa Dance Festival

Support for Los Tres de la Habana from Cuba at the Brisbane Festival

Woodford Folk Festival

Tablelands Folk Festival

Biennial Festival of Music

Northern Rivers Performing Arts "Hot and Spicy Ball"

Brisbane Ethnic Music and Arts "World Music Party"

"Fantastic energy onstage and combine strong vocal harmonies, excellent musicianship with dynamic stagecraft. They took the roof off!" Annie Deller Peterson - Programmer Manager Woodford Folk Festival

"An enormous success at The Energex Brisbane Festival 2001 - they had everyone on their feet dancing." Jane Williamson Programming and Production Manager BEMAC

"A tremendous success. The integration of dance and musical elements helped to create a unique and inclusive style of event. We were most impressed." Katrina George - Events Co-coordinator South Bank Parklands


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