The UK's premier Urban Latin band, Motimba, is an international lineup of established musicians on the London scene who have a wealth of experience in the fields of latin, funk and afro-jazz.
Since bursting onto the scene in June 99, Motimba have built up a reputation for powerful and energetic performances endorsed by a staunch following on the club and festival circuit. What makes them highly original is their unique spicy blend of very danceable funky Cuban timba, salsa and reggae sung and rapped, with great humour, in a mixture of Spanish and English.
The combined writing and arranging skills of the musicians is well evidenced on Motimba’s latest album, Monkey Vibrations, that has received critical acclaim.
"Just fantastic! What a great crossover of styles, but very much rooted in the Latin tradition" Mike Chadwick, Jazz FM
“UK's most interesting latin band today mixing timba, salsa, soul, R&B, and jazz. Groundbreaking.” Lubi Jovanovic, Straight No Chaser magazine.“
"A sort of Jamiroquai Goes Latin....a must for crossover fans.” Bobby Boogaloo, Oyé Listen magazine (Netherlands)
The album gives a taste of the exuberance the outfit exerts on stage, but the band is even more phenomenal live, when the tight rhythm section, hot horns and energetic soloing really take off behind the vocals and dancing of the charismatic Robert Henry and Enrique Bringas Puente
Motimba gigs are always a delight with the wicked rhythms and antics of the vocalists guaranteed to get a crowd going. Even somewhere as auspicious as London's Royal Festival Hall saw an enthusiastic audience on its feet dancing when the band played there in April, alongside the legendary Spanish Harlem Orchestra from New York
Check out forthcoming gigs on the Gigs Page
The musicians at Motimba's core are:
Robert Henry (UK/Jamaica): Vocals
Enrique Bringas Puente (Cuba): Vocals, Percussion
Kishon Khan (UK/Bangladesh): Keyboards/MD
Patrick Zambonin (Switzerland): Bass
Justin Thurgur (UK): Trombone, Vocals
Graeme Flowers (UK): Trumpet
Finn Peters (Netherlands): Saxes, Flute
Jamie Trowell (UK): Drums
Mauricio Ravalico (Italy): Congas
Dave Pattnam (UK): Timbales, Bongos, Vocals
Flavio Arias-Diaz (Cuba): Vocals
Janet (Cuba): Vocals
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