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Charanga Carolina is the only university-based charanga ensemble in the state of North Carolina and probably in the country. The Cuban “charanga” ensemble features flute, violins, brass, piano, bass, and percussion. It is mostly associated with danzón, a musical and dance style with roots in European light classical and Afro-Cuban music. The charanga also played a central role in the development of salsa music in the 1960s and 1970s in New York City.
UNC’s Charanga Carolina specializes in Cuban danzón and New York-style salsa music. Directed by David F. García, Charanga Carolina is committed to bringing these important repertories in the history of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Latin dance music to life for Carolina students and faculty as well as for the surrounding communities.