Saturday saw one of the best salsa bands playing High Wycombe
when Palenke performed there.
Organiser Neill's sound system and the band's setup gave a good tone. The band are playing their own music and some well loved covers. I must be getting to know their album as I was quick to notice 2 new additions to the set :-)
And, lucky me, I was dancing with Adriana between sets :-) Until we saw the band and organisers on stage, looking rather pointedly at us. Oh well, win some, lose some.
On Sunday, I picked up Lorna and we went to Liquid in Uxbridge to see and dance to Palenke. Palenke haven't been idle and have expanded their set again. I particularly liked their version of "Fragile".
Liquid is a pretty amazing venue with a fantastic floor. But what I got excited about was the little podium above the floor. I clambered up there a couple of times for a salsa with Lorna and then a lovely Chachacha with Debbie.
There are rails all around the podium so you're not about to fall off but it took me back to Bar Med in Reading and dancing on the raised stage, close to the steps :-)
Last Friday I had a great time at Loudwater. The team at Viva Salsa are celebrating their birthday this Saturday at Uxbridge with Palenke playing live. Not standing still they are opening a new club in Uxbridge towards the end of the month. Details below.
Palenke were also playing at RedHatSalsa's party at Jongleurs, Reading on Sunday.
I'm especially liking their new sets. Yes, there are some covers, I was impressed with "ValiÃ³ la Pena". And a few Bachatas :-) But I'm really pleased to hear them play their own tracks.
I thought Palenke played the best sets I've ever heard from them. They were playing numbers from their new album. This is music they've written themselves and I found it very danceable.
They did play a couple of Bachatas and a few covers BUT what I really liked was them playing their own stuff (I know Adriana reads this :-) ). Adriana found me during the break between sets and unexpectedly gave me a copy of the album. I was pretty made up! I've been playing it to friends in the car since.
Shoe of the Week! (These are Adriana's shoes!)
Serious Shoe of the Week :-)
As many of you know Palenke has been in the London Latin Scene for quite a long time now. After all these years and efforts, we have finally put together an Album full of feelings, memories, anecdotes and stories we have shared. Most songs composed by Lisandro Zapata are a mix of his Rock and Roll background, modern R&B and hip hop, with a hint of Jazz and funk but as danceable as the lovely Salsa that have kept Palenke alive! More traditional salsas are Adriana Santana’s compositions and a couple of cover songs have been chosen to give more variety to the album. Kinacho, thanks to his experience at recording and sound engineering, has made Palenke’s sound one of the finest of all the bands in London.
Thanks you very much for your good comments
and the magazine report!
Special thank you to Kay Ruby for inviting us to a great party!!
We hope to be there again soon...
People were fantastic dancing non stop!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…
It is the best thing we can say after a great experience at The Event Show, Thanks to the Organizers for inviting us, How do you do it? So much stuff; thanks to the people who came to see us to the stand: Vicky and Rico from Viva Salsa; Anuar and Larisa great dancers, great friends; Adrian Dj El groove, with his camera taking fabulous pictures; Ap productions, who gave us a gig already among others.
Thanks also to the people involved in organising the Palenke stand: sister Andrea and her beautiful Banner; friend Rahil decorating and cheering up non stop; Lisandro playing, been and of course selling (thanks for supporting the crazy ideas); Luis Carlos playing his drums, Kinacho with his piano, cousin Javier offering his time to cover for us while we were performing; family and friends. A very special thank to Yane, Rosana and Alex that make our time magic with their beauty and dancing skills.
It was a huge success and unforgettable experience for us the first ever Latin Band exhibiting 100% Latin performances in a Show as big as this one. God bless you all and keep enjoying music as much as we enjoy performing!!
It was a wonderful Gala Night as usual; for Palenke greater than ever, we have been part of this celebration for 3 years and this time it was very special. We had the chance to play a lot longer than before and had closed the night with a great set of Latino Hits that no one could resist to dance to.
The GOWR is a very well known organization and everybody knows that to play for them is an honour, Thank you for inviting the Band.
Hello Everybody... It was a great experience to be at the congress last year... it was really impressive to see more than 2000 people dancing together and been so passionate about Salsa.
I was also impressed with the way people recognized me and called me "Palenke" when my name is "Adriana", I had also found myself answering all the time questions like... Are you playing here today? Would you be performing?, Ohhh it's great Palenke is here... performing?, Why you are not performing?, Ohh! You should be up on the stage! Are you still singing? Is the band still playing?
Is the band still playing? What a good question... it would be better to ask: Are the Latin Musicians still playing in London, or even in the UK?
I am afraid we are not... at least not as before, where could we possibly play when the places that presented live music had been closed? They had been closed because people didn't support those places... People do not care about live music... People actually rejected the live music, because when we are playing we take a few seconds between the songs and dancers can't wait that long, the dancers could actually learn and dance non stop to a conga bit that repeats: and 1 and 5, and 1 and 5... Or because we take room that could be fill with more dancers as I heard once... It's all about the money, isn't it?
So, may I ask? Why salsa promoters don't have live music in their events?
I understand the big orchestras are sometimes a bit boring, playing long songs and stuff... but that is not a problem... there are not big orchestras in London anymore... they didn't have any gigs to survive... seen a big band once in a while I don't mind;
The thing is that there are bands like us that have the concept of playing the songs as people hear them from the DJ box plus try to do a bit of a show or at least I try, getting crazy on the stage, giving the crowd my best moves and singing with my heart and soul.
I get so many emails with all these wonderful activities, clubs, classes, weekender's, teachers, dance shows and much more, but what about live music?
Do promoters show people live music? Do salsa teachers teach people to like live music? Does anybody teach how to appreciate the musicians when they are performing... if we get the chance to perform?
Do the dancers know that before they hear the tracks, they have been written, arranged, produced, rehearsed and recorded by human been and that those 3 minutes of music had taken hours, days, weeks of work and sometimes years to put an album together or even to have the song out in the market... Do they know that?
If there were not musicians... there wouldn't be music, and of course no dancers, so in fact no teachers or promoters. Please let's recapture the magic of live music... if you have been to Cuba you must know that they have a band in every corner and people just love that.
Don't let us die!