Grupo Cubana Brisas del Parmar are back in the North Okanagan to perform their Cuban rhythms at the Enderby Drill Hall Friday

Grupo Cubana Brisas del Parmar are back in the North Okanagan to perform their Cuban rhythms at the Enderby Drill Hall Friday

Dance to Cuban rhythms in Enderby

It will be like visiting a music-filled dance hall in Havana when the Enderby and District Arts Council hosts Brisas del Parmar.

It will be like visiting a music-filled dance hall in Havana when the Enderby and District Arts Council hosts Brisas del Parmar at the Enderby Drill Hall, Friday, Sept. 25.

“It will be a great evening of music and dancing to the wonderful five-member band from Santiago de Cuba,” said Diana Inselberg, council vice-president.

“Their rich harmonies have been pleasing crowds in Santiago de Cuba since their inception in 1999, where they perfected the boleros, sons, and guarachas of their island homeland.”

Formed by brothers Rosel and Yordanis Lamoru Cancanon in 1999, Brisas del Palmar is part of the 450 Group, which is a prestigious catalogue of the top Cuban music groups at the Cuban Institute of Music.

Brisas del Parmar is known for their ability to arrange, perform and harmonize their voices to produce a sound that is captivating to its audiences.

They present a varied repertoire of traditional Cuban music, a cappellas, romantic ballads, salsa, son, guaracha, merengue, cumbia and bachata, with music and original compositions, reflecting their unique style and interpretation.

Rosel is lead vocalist, guitarist, composer, arranger and director of Brisas del Palmar. He is a self-taught musician from Cayo Mambi in the province of Holquin, Cuba, who has become recognized for an extensive repertoire of not only his compositions but also for his diverse musical approach.

Yordanis serves as vocalist, requinto guitarist and minor percussionist in the band, while bassist Julio Avila Gainza has a musical journey dating back to when he was seven years old, when he played with his brothers and cousins in a group called Forjadores del Futuro.

Together, they performed Changui, a musical genre that has roots in Gainza’s home province of Guantanamo, Cuba.

Brisas del Palmar is featured daily on Radio Taino, the national tourism radio station of Cuba. In winter months the band performs at the Bodeguita del Medio, the Havana bar made famous by writer Ernest Hemingway, now the most important music venue in Havana.

The group has toured B.C. and Alberta since 2003, playing to enthusiastic crowds at music festivals and summer concerts, and is joined by two other musicians for its current Western Canada tour.

Brisas del Parmar take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Enderby Drill Hall, 200 George St./Hwy 97A south. Tickets are $15, available at the door ($10 for youth under 18) Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Inselberg at 250-838-2141.