Thanks for meeting to chat about your upcoming show! Talk a little about the history of the band and where you’ve played.
This band was born in 2012 in Ho Chi Minh with the interest to make known Latin music in all its magnitude. To date the band has achieved great acceptance from Asians and foreigners visiting the city who have the opportunity to enjoy this band.
The band has performed at several venues in Ho Chi Minh and other cities, including: Caravelle Hotel, Hard Rock Café, Pacharan, Acoustic Bar, Green World Hotel Nha Trang City, the Gran Ho Tram, Vun Tau City, and many events.
Who is currently in the band and what are the band’s major influences?
The band consists of 5 members. The percussion Edy Rivera; keyboard Nestor Garcia; singer Yali Remus; dancer Yani Gierra; and of course singer and bandleader Oscar Leyva.
Undoubtedly Cuban music in all its magnitude is an influence. We have a rich world of Latin rhythms in our music, like son, cha-cha, mambo, salsa, and many others. I can mention traditional music by Beny More, Matamoros, Miguel Corona, Compay Segundo. We have also been influenced by foreigners, like Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Vives, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Chino y Nacho, Dady Yankee, and Marc Anthony. Music is a food that does not stop to put spices, and for that reason every day we drink more of it.
How did you get involved in the Mansion? Have you played it before? What are you most excited about?
Previously, other Cuban groups were playing as the band Warapo, and they provided very good references for the Mansion. This is our first time, but every time we go to a new place and we are introduced to the place it always excites us. We respect each space in which we present to the audience. That’s the most important thing.
And what are your thoughts on music in Phnom Penh and Cambodia in general? What’s the connection between Phnom Penh and Saigon like?
Really we know very little about the music of Cambodia in Cuba. I think the biggest connection between the two parts is the music. Music unites people, and this time we will join in a celebration of Latin music.
What else can we look forward to with Corazon in 2014? Any other shows in Cambodia or elsewhere we should know about?
For 2014 we plan to return to Cuba promote throughout the island. We also want to finish an album with the band’s own songs, and continue conquering the hearts of those who enjoy Corazon Latino.
Ho Chi Minh City-based Corazon Latino Band will be playing at the Mansion this Saturday, 10 May, from 830-late. No partying will be too much!