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Orquesta Samecumba / Press

"Put on your dancing shoes! This night of dance features live music by SAMECUMBA, one of the area’s hottest Salsa bands!"

"As the weather cools off, this evening of Latin dancing will warm your spirits. Samecumba, a multi-faceted combo working in the SAlsa, MErengue, CUMbia and BAchata styles, provide a whirling feverish pace of poly-rhythms and sultry vocals."

"This Durham-based band's name is a made-up word inspired by the Latin dance forms SAlsa, MErengue, CUMbia and BAchata. But there's nothing to pretend about their blistering authenticity. Samecumba are nine seasoned musicians who won't settle until everyone is off the wall and hot to trot!"

"Sure, the awards went out, but more importantly, a bunch of folks got together to celebrate local music who don't always get together. Throughout the night, musicians and music lovers of all walks got to see acts outside their usual orbit. Some highlights: Samecumba hustling back from a Charlotte gig for a late night salsa set; and people actually dancing all night long. And the winner for the 2004 Indy Music Award for Best Salsa/Reggae/International Group in the Triangle Area is: Samecumba!

"Since 2001, Samecumba has been performing a blend of salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata music throughout North Carolina. During their time together as a band, Samecumba has performed at Carrboro Arts Center; Chapel Hill's Apple Chill Festival; Raleigh's Fiesta del Pueblo; UNC Chapel Hill's Noche Latina; Smithfield's Ham and Yam Festival; Durham's Centerfest; Beaufort's Music and Performing Arts Festival; Asheville's Bele Chere Festival; Durham's Festival for the Eno; and Raleigh's Museum of Natural History; as well as many other events and venues, both private and public."

"Award winning Salsa band from Raleigh!"

"Samecumba began by recreating classic 1970s arrangements of Willie Colon and Ray Barretto for live audiences 10 years-and-a-half ago. Their debut album "Samecumba Llego," as well as word-of-mouth press and energetic live performances have taken them on the road as far away as South Carolina, where they have played at Francis Marion University's "Pee Dee International Festival." Over the summer, they brought their brand of salsa callejera to Durham's Centerfest, Raleigh City Parks & Recreation's Cinco de Mayo Festival, and Smithfield's Ham and Yam Festival, and this fall raised the roof on a packed house at Duke University's Armadillo Grill."