TANGA is a west coast world fusion group delivering new manifestations of groove and going where music has no borders. Cutting latin, jazz and electronic beats with a hip hop kick, they released their second full-length album Havanaelectro in 2013.
Formed in 2007 by frontman and trumpeter Malcolm Aiken, Tanga emerged from a collective of young west coast musicians and producers who cut their teeth playing in salsa bands and experimenting with latin jazz and pop music. In the spirit of the big band sounds of Tito Puente, Machito and Mario Bauza, the group’s first full-length album, Simmer & Serve (2008) featured classic latin dance grooves, swinging mambos and driving percussion. The album received international airplay and saw the band tour the West Coast, featuring at prominent festivals and clubs.
Havanaelectro is their second full-length album, released on Vancouver indie label TrebleFive Records. Recorded in Havana and Vancouver, it’s been called "the most relevant, most refreshingly contemporary expression of latin groove music so far, not just in the Pacific Northwest but in the scope of the global genre" (Cal Koat, WorldBeat International).
Havanaelectro was nominated for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards: World Recording of the Year and the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards: World Group of the Year.
The new album features collaborations with a cast of international musicians, including Grammy Award-winning Jimmy Bosch on trombone (New York), vocalists Jesus El Nino (Montreal), Silvana Kane (Pacifika) and David Lopez (Mazacote), rapper Kyprios (Vancouver), beat poet C.R. Avery (Vancouver) and members of Cuban sextet Tanta de los Guaracheros (Havana). Havanaelectro was released on October 9, 2013.
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