Luis Enrique performs at Expo Latino in Calgary, Aug 18, 2018. © J. Ashley Nixon
Luis Enrique, the Prince of Salsa was a real catch on the second day at Expo Latino, Calgary’s hottest outdoor festival, and one of the biggest Latino cultural events in Canada. He and his excellent jazzy-salsa band captivated the big crowd of dancers in front of the stage at Princes Island. Enrique showed off his talents not only as a singer but playing a nice looking light blue Fender Telecaster replica and even got behind the drum/timpani set for one song.
Included in the set was his 2018 release Mordaza, a political commentary on violence and the state of the nation in Nicaragua. He left his best-known song until the end, played with a nice slow, romantic introduction in a duo with the keyboard player. It wasn’t long before the audience recognized his hit, one of the very best salsa songs ever produced, and the latino’s lapped it up. Yo No Sé Mañana! I don’t know tomorrow! Such a great song!
Paula Zuleta & Las Divas All Star
Paula Zuleta & Las Divas All Star, came on stage after Luis Enrique to play a great, diverse repertoire of Latin rhythms from Salsa, Merengue, Cha cha cha, Son Cubano, Cumbia, Bachata….did I miss anything? Great performance from this all-girl band featuring trumpet, keyboards and three percussionists led by Latin Grammy-nominated Paula Zuleta from Colombia.
Emcees for the day
Calgary’s own Cristina Mora Blanco, co-owner of the La Rumba Cuban Dance Company danced and emceed the show along with the Venezuelan telenovela actor, Alberto Mauco. Another nice double act pulling the show together.
Expo Latino will be back in August 2019.
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