Type: Latin American Band
The Matecito Latin Band was formed by Gerardo Torres after he returned to NZ from Peru in 2000. Before emmigrating to NZ, Gerardo was a professional singer and entertainer in his homeland of Peru, working for more than 20 years with some of the best international Latin and Salsa bands. During his career as an entertainer, Gerardo performed in front of many of Peru's diplomats and Presidents of his country.
After emmigrating to NZ, Gerardo was introduced to local musician Brian Hodges, who was the leader of the Garden City Big Band at that time. Gerardo and Brian went on to form "Mambo Jambo", which was NZ's largest Latin Band at that time consisting of 14 members.
Gerardo realised that a smaller band would be a more affordable choice for regular gigs in Christchurch, so he also formed 5 piece Latin Band which is made up of 5 members of the larger band. This smaller band is known as the 'Matecito Latin Band'. Both bands play a variety of Latin music including Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha cha cha and Latin Rock.
The 14 piece band has a unique live brass section, whereas the smaller band uses backing tracks for the brass. Gerardo also created a Latin trio known as the Candela Troupe, with three dancers/singers.
Styles - Latin American - Central American - Mexican - available as 3, 5 or 14 piece band
Ideal For: dance music wedding dance, private party, corporate dance function, ball, Latin American themed event
Thank you so much for providing such an amazing band! We all enjoyed the music! The wedding would not have been the same without the Matecito band!
Karina & Sam x
Thanks for your follow-up.
We had a superb day - pretty amazing and everything went well.
The band was fantastic - we have had so many favourable comments about them from our guests and we think they made the night even more memorable as a result of being so good.
They had such an infectious sound that people that don't normally dance apparently got up to have a boogie!
Kind regards, Katrina (Greenslade) wedding
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