mazacote

 

TD International Jazz Festival
Lynn Valley Plaza

Mazacote may be based in Vancouver, but the band is a true world music ensemble with influences as diverse as Colombia, Nicaragua and Mozambique.

This afternoon they brought their Latin and African dance beats to Lynn Valley Centre, performing as part of the TD International Jazz Festival.

With rain threatening for much of the performance, the band managed to inject some musical sunshine to ensure that the crowd were happy and most importantly up and dancing.

Led by Nicaraguan singer/songwriter David Lopez, Mazacote have been performing together since 2009. Lopez together with Carlos Arias on Bass, Chris Couto on Timbales, Robin Layne on Congas, Japanese pianist Niho Takase and trumpeter Malcolm Aiken produced a tight pulsating set, that helped dispel any weather-related blues.

If you want to hear more of Mazacote, you can check out their new album NUEVA ERA, which was recently nominated as World Album of the Year at the 2016 WCM Awards. And if you want to see them live for another chance to get your Latin groove on, then they will be at the Carnaval Del Sol at Concord Pacific Place on July 8th. Check out https://mazacoteband.com for more dates.

Photos: Stewart Johnstone