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Diáspora

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About Diáspora

Salsa band
London
Public liability insurance of £1 million
United in the Latin Beat

“Clave... To us the word goes beyond explanations and definitions. It means life, salsa, the food of our leisure time, the motion of intense rhythm, the emotion of 20,000 people simultaneously grooving to the natural sounds of life. It’s being played in beat, on key, on clave... It means to be on top of things, to be playing it right... Clave is history, it’s culture. African drums from far off places like Nigeria, Dahomey, and Ghana married the Spanish guitar to bring us clave. The seeds were planted in the Caribbean and now their grandchild is Salsa...” CLAVE MAGAZINE Diáspora is a London-based Latin band bringing you a one-way ticket to the music of the Americas. The 12-piece lineup (2 vocalists, 3 percussionists, 4 brass, piano and bass) lends itself to an expansive big band sound without losing the dynamism and spark of a small group, and combines sensuous vocals, sophisticated horn lines and explosive percussion solos... With their vision to unite the rhythms of the Americas, their music is uplifting, inspiring and unifying, celebrating the diversity of cultures that arose out of the African Slave Trade, whilst focusing on the Cuban, Brazilian and globalised salsa sounds which have become significant musical languages and forms of solidarity and cultural exchange among communities throughout the world. Diáspora is not your regular salsa band... it’s a Latin band, in the wider sense; freely mixing salsa with jazz, funk and contemporary popular music styles to create an explosive mix of sounds... it’s a big band by its very nature; equipped with all of the credentials to make for an exhilarating live outfit - engaging vocalists, a burning hot rhythm section and a big fat brass section... With their critically acclaimed fusion of rhythms, Diáspora is one of the most exciting new projects to emerge on the UK Latin scene today. “Diáspora... The word has a universal meaning in many languages - it is all about dispersed peoples coming together, and the amazing musical fusions that this has created. Our sound has the spirit of salsa, but the swing of samba, and we combine these rhythms with jazz, funk and infusions of contemporary popular music styles from around the world - it is a real melting pot...” Rory Duffy (saxophonist and producer) Diáspora provides the ultimate catalyst for an engaging live outfit, delicately poised between its infectious appeal among a wide range of audiences yet technically sophisticated sensibility. The original compositions combine influences as diverse as South American pop, Spanish rumba, nu-Bossa, funk and reggaeton with a lyrical interplay between love, musical intoxication and images from the natural world. The arrangements themselves are pretty simple, containing flexible open platforms that allow the band to really stretch out and explore their musical territory, punctuated with unifying sections that bring the band into triumphant moments of tightness and togetherness. Diáspora has become a real vibe band; analogous to a single, living breathing organism, yet free and open at the same time, lending itself to bursts of collective spontaneity - clapping in clave, improvised vocal refrains and onstage swaying. The combination of its expansive 12-piece lineup and its diverse influences from Latin American, mainstream popular and world rhythms render Diáspora truly a musical carnival...

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Latin jazz, Samba, Salsa, Latin, Brazilian music, Bossa nova, Cuban music
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Salsa
Alexander Abreu Y Gente De Zona - La Figura
Celia Cruz - El Son De Celia Y Oscar
Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnival
Charanga Habañera - Gozando En La Habana
DLG - La Quiero A Morir
Don Omar ft. Lucenzo - Danza Kuduro
Gloria Estefan - ¡Sí Señor!
Gloria Estefan - Ayer
Guayacan - Cuando Hablan Las Miradas
Issac Delgado - Bailando
Issac Delgado - Gracias A La Vida
Issac Delgado - No Me Mires A Los Ojos
Jerry Rivera - Variaciones On A Theme Of 'Amores Como El Nuestro'
José Feliciano - Feliz Navidad
Klimax - Cuba
Manolito Y Su Trabajo - La Habana Me Llama
Manzanita - Arranca
Marc Anthony - Aguanile
Marc Anthony - Nadie Como Ella
Marc Anthony - Palabras Del Alma
Marc Anthony - Valió La Pena
Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida
Oscar D'Leon - Pedro Navajas
Pete Rodríguez - I Like It (I Like It Like That)
Tito Puente - Déjame Soñar
Vianca - El Talisman
Traditional & Folkloric
Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan
Buena Vista Social Club - Como Fue
Buena Vista Social Club - Dos Gardenias
Buena Vista Social Club - El Cuarto De Tula
Buena Vista Social Club - Guantanamera
Buena Vista Social Club - Silencio
Carlos Puebla - Hasta Siempre Comandante
Consuelo Velázquez - Besame Mucho
Fania All-Stars - Bilongo
Israel "Cachao" Lopez - Cachao's Guiro
Israel "Cachao" Lopez - Habana Del Este
Miguel Matamoros - Lágrimas Negras
Latin Jazz
Arturo Sandoval - Reunion
Arturo Sandoval - Reunión
Cal Tjader - Sabor
Chano Pozo - Manteca
Chick Corea - Spain
Chucho Valdes - Chucho
Chucho Valdes - Claudia
Dizzy Gillespie - Night in Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie - Tanga
Eden Ahbez - Nature Boy
Horace Silver - Nica's Dream
Irakere - Boliviana
Juan Tizol - Caravan
Mario Bauzá - Mambo Inn
Mongo Santamaria - Afro Blue
Pat Metheny - Song For Bilbao
Ray Barretto - La Cuna
Sonny Rollins - St Thomas
Tito Puente - Linda Chicana
Tito Puente - Oye Como Va
Tito Puente - Ran Kan Kan
Latin Pop
Bacilos - Caraluna
Barry Manilow - Copacabana
Basement Jaxx - Bingo Bango
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
Brand New Heavies - Midnight At The Oasis
Carlos Santana - Satellite
Dámaso Pérez Prado - Mambo No. 5
Eagles - Hotel California
George Gershwin - Summertime
Gloria Estefan - ¡Sí Señor!
Gloria Estefan - Santo
Jennifer Lopez - Ain't It Funny
Jennifer Lopez - Let's Get Loud
Judas Priest - Fire Burns Below
Luis Demetrio - Sway
Mya - Do You Only Wanna Dance
Ricky Martin - La Bomba
Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
Ricky Martin - María
Santana - Maria Maria
Santana - Primavera
Santana - Smooth
Shakira - Hips Don't Lie
Shakira - Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)
The Champs - Tequila
Van Morrison - Moondance
Brazilian
Ary Barrosso - Aqualera Do Brasil (Watercolour of Brazil)
Baden Powell - Berimbau
Banda Beijo - Bate Lata
Bellini - Samba De Janeiro
Caetano Veloso - A Luz De Tieta
Caetano Veloso - Não Enche
Carlos Lyra - Voce E Eu (You And Me)
Chico Buarque - Essa Moça Ta Diferente
Chico César - Mama África
Clara Nunes - Canto Da Tres Raças
Corduroy - Something In My Eye
Djavan - Acelerou
Djavan - Azul
Djavan - Fato Consumado
Djavan - Flor De Lis
Djavan - Linha Do Equador
Djavan - Luz
Djavan - Samurai
Djavan - Serrado
Dorival Caymmi - Samba Da Minha Terra
Edu Lobo - Ponteio
Grupo Art Popular - Agamamou
Ivete Sangalo - Eu Tô Vendo
Jorge Ben - Mais Que Nada
Jorge Ben - Pais Tropical
Kaoma - Lambada
Lanu feat. Christin Deralas - Shine
Luis Bonfa - Frevo
Luis Bonfa - Manha Do Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival)
Luis Bonfa - Samba De Orfeu (Orpheus' Samba)
Marcos Valle - Samba De Verão (Summer Samba)
Michel Telo - Ai Se Eu Te Pego
Milton Nascimento - Tudo O Que Você Podia Ser
Milton Nascimento - Vera Cruz
Monobloco - Festa No Morrao
Orquestra Imperial - Fita Amarela
Orquestra Imperial - Não Foi Em Vão
Orquestra Imperial - Obsessão
Orquestra Imperial - Pela Primeira Vez
Paulinho Da Viola - Dança De Solidão
Roberto Menescal - Nos E O Mar (Us And The Sea)
Roberto Menescal - O Barquinho (Little Boat)
Seu Jorge - Carolina
Seu Jorge - Chega No Suingue
Seu Jorge - E Seu Favela
Tom Jobim - A Felicidade
Tom Jobim - Água De Beber (Water To Drink)
Tom Jobim - Águas De Março (Waters of March)
Tom Jobim - Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
Tom Jobim - Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
Tom Jobim - Desafinado
Tom Jobim - Dindi
Tom Jobim - Garota De Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema)
Tom Jobim - Insensatez (How Insensitive)
Tom Jobim - Meditação (Meditation)
Tom Jobim - O Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved)
Tom Jobim - O Morro Não Tem Vez (Favela)
Tom Jobim - Samba De Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)
Tom Jobim - Só Danço Samba (I Only Dance Samba)
Tom Jobim - Triste (Sadness)
Tom Jobim - Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)
Tom Jobim - Vou Te Contar (Wave)
Toquinho - Carta Ao Tom
Toquinho - Samba De Orly
Originals
Diáspora - Ahora Está Bien (It's Alright Now)
Diáspora - Calle Verano (Summer Road)
Diáspora - Castle in the Air
Diáspora - Christmas in Lumberland
Diáspora - Coming Home
Diáspora - Conundrum
Diáspora - Creeping
Diáspora - Dancing on Deck
Diáspora - Don't Come Crawling
Diáspora - El Destino (Destiny)
Diáspora - En La Mañana (in The Morning)
Diáspora - Golden Section
Diáspora - Hablar Contigo (Speak to You)
Diáspora - Hasta La Vista (See You There)
Diáspora - Heatwave
Diáspora - I Can Go On
Diáspora - I Could Be Yours
Diáspora - Lamps & Shades
Diáspora - Let You Go
Diáspora - Like A Bird
Diáspora - Little Skiffle
Diáspora - Looking Through Vino Tinto Spectacles
Diáspora - Lovely Stars
Diáspora - Lullaby (In Dying Light)
Diáspora - Mas Que Ayer (More Than Yesterday)
Diáspora - Missing You
Diáspora - Mística
Diáspora - Místico
Diáspora - Moonlight
Diáspora - Move To The Music (Live To 100)
Diáspora - Origin of Love
Diáspora - Original Rebel
Diáspora - Pasa Una Hora (Spend An Hour)
Diaspora - Path of Discovery
Diáspora - Reggae Reggae Reggaeton
Diáspora - Sambasongo
Diáspora - Santo Mio (Saint Of Mine)
Diáspora - Sign of Love
Diáspora - Somos Los Latinos
Diáspora - Stairway to Inferno
Diáspora - Summer Luxury
Diáspora - Superstarlight
Diáspora - Take Me Away
Diáspora - Te Amo (I Love You)
Diáspora - Time is Running Out
Diáspora - Vamos A La Playa (Come On Down)
Diáspora - Venus Rising
Diáspora - Vida Vida Vida (Life Life Life)
Diáspora - You Can Win
Diaspora - You My Love
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Diáspora is available in 8 different lineups, depending on the budget and venue capacity. There is built in flexibility depending on whether more vocals, percussion or brass are preferred.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £300.

How much time do you need to set up?

Diáspora includes 3 hours Lead Time, which is the time between arrival and performance start time. This is divided into a minimum of 2 hours for arrival, set up, sound check and a maximum of 1 hour curfew prior to the performance.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Unfortunately, because it's such a big band and requires a lot of power, it's difficult for the band to roam around. However, we can offer a roaming samba drumming ensemble as part of our larger lineups - 7piece band and upwards.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Diáspora includes 3 hours Lead Time, which is the time between arrival and performance start time. This is divided into a minimum of 2 hours for arrival, set up, sound check and a maximum of 1 hour curfew prior to the performance.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Diáspora offers song requests at an extra charge. Check out the playlist for a list of possible songs.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1650
Up to 2 hours£1650
Up to 3 hours£1650

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Karis S, 1 year ago

"Diáspora put on two chilli-championing sets at the Chilli Fiesta, West Dean College, August 2018. The annual festival features a host of national and international acts. The band was diverse, covering a wide selection of musical genres from Cuban to Nu Yorican, all of which were very popular songs that went down well with the 1,000 strong audience. Everyone really enjoyed the sets, the energy they put into their performances, and it’s clear to see their potential as they work so well together in a natural organic way. Off stage they were professional, quiet and polite. Always a bonus when working with the time and space constraints of an outdoor Summer festival.”

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Michael H, 2 years ago

"We LOVED having the band and we have had some amazing feedback from our delegates. Please pass on my thanks to the band as they were fantastic. They brought a superb energy to the night and their performance was at an incredible standard. I particularly liked that they gave us a special Brazilian set list to stay true to the styles of Latin Music across Latin America. The band were well mannered and I really enjoyed chatting to them and getting to know them. Overall we all thought the band were incredible and if there is a suitable event to work with them again I will be in touch."

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