Banda Latina - 5 piece Latin American salsa dance band.

Few dance bands enjoy the awesome feeling of a full dance floor from the very first song. BANDA LATINA, the hot Latin American group that took the entertainment scene by storm when they arrived in New Zealand from Peru in 1991, has a sound that proves irresistible to all walks of life.

So thrilled was the Hyatt Hotel in Auckland after BANDA LATINA performed at their New Year's Eve party in 1992, they immediately rebooked the group that night for their 1993 and 1994 New Year's Eve parties. They also entertained thousands of people at events like the Devonport food and wine festival, Gisborne new year’s street party, the Big day Out in Auckland, Mission Bay Jazz festival, Waiheke Island Jazz festivals, and recently Auckland and Hamilton Santa street parades. Banda Latina have also performed in Hotels, pubs, restaurants, festivals, Mardi grass, balls and any other places all around New Zealand where the locals wanted something lively and exciting, something "different". And that's what Banda Latina is: energetic, exotic, passionate, in a few words : an unforgettable experience.

The six piece group features EDUARDO on lead vocals and Peruvian vocalist-musicians providing the rhythmic chorus while playing instruments that include a line up of congas, bongos, Latin timbales, drums, huiro, campana (cowbell) and maracas. This is augmented by backing tracks which provide a full band sound.

Performing music from the romantic Bolero and swinging Bachata, to the lively rhythms of salsa, cumbia and merengue, the exotic Latin American sound is enhanced by co-ordinated dance steps from band members.

Whether it's the lively, fluid Latin American sound of Salsa, the provocative, sexy sound of Bachata or the emerging new moves of Cumbia, with it's lively percussion beat; BANDA LATINA will have even the most dedicated NON-party person joining the fun. They are good looking, exotic and guarantee a lively night.

Styles - Latin American - Central American - Mexican

ideal for: salsa dance party corporate function, latin american themed event

Hi Pete,
They were amazing! 100% happy with them
Thank you very much,
Sonsoles Martin, PA to Cristina Casares
Ray White Damarell Group
Ray White Ponsonby
Space on Crummer

Thank you for your email.
Please pass on our thanks – the band was great – lovely people and fabulous music.
The caterers ran very late and Band Latino were very accommodating filling in while we were waiting!
Merry Christmas.
Gilda Hebden

Dear Robyn,
Thank you - the band was awesome!!! we had loads of people commenting on how great they were and the salsa lessons were a lot of fun. 
Thanks so much!

Hi Robyn, the band was amazing, everybody loved them. Thanks for helping me find the band!
kind regards,
Astrid Conjaerts

Hi Robyn and Pete,
Banda Latina were great. Very professional and I thoroughly enjoyed working with Eduardo and the other band members.
Kind regards,
Sarah Philp

Thanks entertainment was great, Kozo did a great job too :)

Hi Pete
Just a quick email to thank you for recommending us Banda Latina.
They were absolutely fantastic, great band, great music and superb dancers. We have had great reviews from all the employees, on how great the band members, dancers and music were.
Please do not hesitate to us as a recommendation for Banda Latina.
Thank you
Carina Tacon

Hi Robyn
They were fantastic, I sent Pete an email earlier in the week to advise how great the band and dancers were, our team absolutely loved the night. Please don’t hesitate to use us as a reference for this band, they certainly rocked the night.
Carina Tacon 

Hi Robyn & Pete
We all really enjoyed the entertainment that Banda Latina and dancers provided. I was especially pleased that they managed to get most of our staff on the dance floor whilst teaching salsa and other dances.
Overall the band was really great. I had a few comments from our staff that they would have liked some more commercial latin music (i.e J-Lo, Ricky Martin etc) in the break but that just comes down to personal preference as most people enjoyed the different music and as the theme was “Latin” then that’s what we expected.
I would definitely recommend Banda Latina as they are great at getting everyone involved and are thoroughly entertaining.
Kind regards,
Michelle McNicholl
General Manager
Kiwicare Pre School  

Hi there,
Thanks for the email.
Banda Latina was fantastic! The music and vibe was perfect for what we needed and they were friendly and interacted sp well with the crowd - they owned the night!
I would be happy to provide a reference for future bookings.
Many thanks
Billie Yelcich

Hi Pete
The evening was a HUGE SUCCESS. Banda Latina were exceptional and the Brazilian Girls superb. Eduardo was very easy to work with and very professional. The Brazilian Girls were loved by everyone. A class act.
Robin Tulloch 

Thankyou the band was great and having some of the band members inter act with our guests to encourage them to dance was wonderful.
Every body enjoyed the music and the atmosphere created by the band.
Love to use them again.
Mark Engel

Hi Pete
Thanks for the email, and thanks for the great performances – we all had a lovely day!
Kind regards
Kim Stretton
Auckland Botanical Gardens
(Prima and Banda Latina)

Hi Pete,
Banda Latina were just superb and extremely friendly. We didn't get the fine weather we had hoped for but the band made up for that - everyone enjoyed them.
Many, many thanks
Lesley and Peter Buckleigh

Hi Pete,
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for supplying us with Banda Latina and the Latin Fever dancers on Friday night. The crowd loved them all and they really added a nice element to the Grand Prix after-party.
Thanks again for your help Pete, I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Kind Regards,
Jennah Wootten
New Zealand Sponsorship Agency

Hi Caroline
I just wanted to send my thanks on behalf of our company. Our client function went off without a hitch, and I would like to just say thank you for taking the time to make sure everything was covered.
Could you please pass our thanks onto the band and the dancers, they were absolutely awesome.
Again many thanks.
kind regards
Felicity Gill
Recruitment Administrator
9am Ltd

Thanks Pete,
Banda Latina were excellent, the evening was a great success, and the guys did a brilliant job. We couldnt be happier.
Best Regards
Kerrie Davies
Cyclone Computers

Hi Pete
Yes, thanks for your help, the band did a great job, and had a number of us up dancing.
It was a successful evening all around.
Best regards,
Robyn Mackay
Industrial Research Limited

Band was fantastic and client loved them.
Also very good at filling in when we had a problem with the cake not fitting in to building!
Jessica Clarke
Goode Events
Corporate Function and Surprise Birthday

Hi Pete
The band were LEGENDARY !!! they had the place rocking !!
! had a call today from one of the guests who was asking where I got the band from , so have refered them to your website!!
Awesome sound that crossed all ages.
Cheers Jason

Hi Pete,
Sorry for the delay in replying to you, Banda Latina were awesome for our function and we also got to see them again at the Devonport Wine & Food Festival.
Many thanks,
Angeline Nobilo
Nobilo Wines El Fresco day

Hi Pete
The band were great - thanks for organising it all at such short notice.
All the best,
Envision Function

Thanks Pete. The band was great!
Barbara Alexander
Kensington Swan

Hi Kellie,
Thanks for your email.
The night was very successful and a good time was had by all, so thank you. However I was a little disappointed with the band and there set up given the cost to have them perform. The band only had one speaker which was placed on the floor which meant with a full bar the sound became very mudded and the vocals were very hard to hear as they were distorted and muddy. The other thing that was disappointing was the band used backing tracks and for me when you say 7 piece band you would expect to have a full 7 piece band not backing track 3 singers all playing a bit of percussion.
Overall the cost of the band was far too expensive for what they provided in terms of live entertainment, set up and a full band experience. In saying that, like I said the night was very successful so thank you.

Banda Latina responds:
I am surprised and dissapointed at the comments from The Grange. We have been using backing tracks (as so many bands use currently), for many years already and never had a negative comment, on the contrary you have received heaps of great feedback about Banda Latina, even though we use the tracks we are still a live band.
Regarding the "only speaker" he mentions, he is talking about one of our front of house speakers which is a quite powerful small tower that we use to run our 4000 Watts amplifier. I went to that venue 2 weeks before the gig, as I always do, to assess the size and acoustic qualities of the venue and then then decide what kind of equipment to use according to the size and number of people; I spoke to the manager in charge then. That venue is quite narrow and enclosed and I decided to use only one speaker which i considered loud and powerful enough to cover for the small area of dancing in front of the band, since the rest of the venue offered chairs, couches and tables for people to sit. I must say that I could not even do a sound check during the afternoon because they had the place full of customers and had the music in the background going, however we did the sound check just before starting. Why we put the speaker on the floor, to achieve a solid bassy sound and avoid blaring the sound in the patrons ears!
However as we started performing, the place got packed and full such as that people were very close to the stage and even some people put their jackets on top of the front speaker hanging in front therefore blurring the sound from it! We had our fold back system of course and as you know you cant actually hear the front of house speakers in the middle of a performance! I had to ask people many times to please get off the front of the speaker.

PME COMMENT about this event: We have now altered the way Banda latina has been advertised on our site as we believe that the client got the impression of a totally live band from words and pictures previously shown. The new content of the page reflects the actual performances more closely. Banda latina has been with PME for many years and we are confident that clients will enjoy their energy and music. They are a great act to watch and listen / dance to, and oh boy can they dance!

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