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The KABASA! lineup...

Coming from west Cornwall, we've been dubbed 'the closest thing to Cuba'. Kabasa has been delighting Latin music lovers and filling dance floors at public gigs, festivals, weddings, parties throughout Cornwall and Devon for over 9 years. The full band is made up of 7 very experienced musicians: a strong rythmn section playing timbales, congas, guiro, maracas etc... a brass section playing saxophone, flute and trumpet, plus guitar, bass and male & female vocals.

Our gigs can also feature guest vocalists/musicians, our very own spicy blend of dance music mixes for before and after, top Latin DJ's or Salsa instruction/dance sessions and support bands to provide a complete programme of entertainment. We can also offer alternative, smaller ensemble-style lineups, or an acoustic set if required.

To find out more about booking options and to discuss your requirements click here.

Scroll down for a bit of history of the band (some of us go back a long way).

From Back left to front right: David Ellis (bass), Greg Dyer (timbales & vocals), Matt Scott (guitar), Simon Donohue (congas), Marc Hadley (sax, flute & vocals), Natalie Mossayebi (vocals & percussion), Richard Evans (trumpet & vocals).

The line up...

La Wapa - Natalie Mossayebi, voclas & percussion

 

 

Greg

'El Flaco' - Greg Dyer, latin percussion & vocals.

Sam

'El-Lis' - David Ellis, bass.

Richard

'Ricardo El Muchachito' - Richard Evans, trumpet & vocal, and...

 

Simon

'El Chico Simon' - Simon Donohue, congas & sound.

Hannah and Andy

'El Mateo' - Matt Scott, guitar & vocals.

Marc

...'Marco El Muchachon' - Marc Hadley, tenor sax, flute & vocals.

 

 

The Kabasa story

Uno...
It all began in Greg's kitchen, where Andy Lowe and Greg got together every week to share a few beers and play some Cuban montunos.

Gradually more people joined in these sessions until there wasn't a whole lot of space left! Andy's fluent Spanish and repertoire of Cuban songs (which he had been performing for several years prior). Soon it was time to take things out of the kitchen and cook up a storm on stage.

Dos...
Kabasa! was born and our first gig under that name was for Golowan festival in Penzance. It was one of the most enjoyable gigs we have ever played, back then we had eleven people in the band! That put us on the map locally and many more gigs followed as we continued to receive great feedback from all kinds of audiences.

Kabasa's first gig

Kabasa playing in the Golowan Marquee (there were 12 of us on stage) in 2008.

Tres...
The band continued to develop musically. We started playing private parties and weddings as well as public gigs and festivals all over the south west as word spread. Extensive tours of the South West for Carn to Cove soon followed and later more gigs in Devon, sometimes to gatherings who had never heard Latin music before and sometimes to halls invaded by an army of keen Salsa dancers from nearby towns who had heard we were in their area.

Life being what it is meant that the lineup changed over time and so did the music, sometimes profoundly, sometimes subtly. One of the most significant additions to the band is Marc Hadley, who joined Kabasa after having played with Andy in another Latin band years earlier. He arranges music as well as playing sax, flute - and singing. Another key figure has been Simon, our conga player and sound guy, who also joined the band very early on.

After 5 years at the mic, Andy left Cornwall and Matt Scott, a very talented latin guitarist joined us, and soon after David Ellis. The whole thing went electric and we loved what that did to our sound.

Quatro...
2017, and for the second time in the bands long history, we welcomed a female vocalist, this time Natalie Mossayebi who has helped take our harmonies to a another level.

 

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To contact or book Kabasa! email Marc Hadley, or text/call 07905 423 602.