TANGA is a bombastic world fusion mob mixing up tropical dance beats with East African marimba, Colombian Cumbia and Cuban Jazz.
Formed in 2007 by trumpeter + ethnomusicologist Malcolm Aiken, the band emerged from a collective of musicians who cut their teeth playing in the salsa dance scene while embracing jazz and pop music. Inspired by the party grooves and percussion styles of latin heavies like Tito Puente, Machito and Mario Bauza, they released their first full-length album Simmer & Serve (2009).
Breaking new musical ground meant finding inspiration beyond borders. Tanga branched outward with their second album Havanaelectro: a rich soundscape born out of recording sessions in Cuba, featuring the sounds of Silvana Kane (Pacifika), Kyprios (Sweatshop Union), members of Tanta de los Guaracheros (Havana) and Grammy Award-winning trombonist Jimmy Bosch (New York). It's been called a "powerful recording" (BC Musician), and " the most refreshingly contemporary expression of latin groove music so far" (WorldBeat International). Havanaelectro was nominated for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards: World Recording of the Year and the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards: World Group of the Year.
Their new release Reencarnción (2018) on TrebleFive Records, highlights new sounds from musical adventures in South America. Featured on NPR, Pop Matters and CBC, check out the singles "Guanchaka" featuring special guest MC Guanaco, "Cumbia Loca," and "Hasta al Fin" with troubadour Benjamin Venagas.
A festival favorite, Tanga's recent performances include the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Harrison Folk Fest, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Harmony Arts, Victoria's Garden City Grooves Fest and the Squamish Wind Fest.