La Mambanegra is a Cali-based Breaksalsa orchestra, created and directed by producer, Jacobo Velez, in the streets of Cali-Colombia, beginning in 2012. In this Salsa format, the orchestra, that includes drums and electronic kit trigger, Valez mixes 70s New York Salsa, with popular Cuban Dance music, the sounds of Jamaica, Funk and Hip-Hop with some elements of traditional Afro-Colombian music. This combination of particular genres, he himself has called, Breaksalsa.
The exciting staging of La Mambanegra, emerges from the traditional standards of classic Salsa, approaching Hip Hop or Ragamuffin with hints of Rock. Aside from the strength of their sound, their frontman, El Callegüeso, a character Valez assumes on stage, an MC and Kung Fu Master who easily manages to take over the stage with his exuberance, while not taking away from the rest of the band and their overflowing and infectious presence and Latin energy.
La Mambanegra has been highlighted in prestigious music industry media, such as Billboard Magazine (USA), The Guardian (UK), Les Inrockuptibles (France) and Songlines Magazine (UK). Their first album, El Callegüeso Y Su Mala Maña, was selected among the best of 2015 by Semana Magazine, Arcadia Magazine and other international publications. Applause for this unique band have been heard at several festivals around the world, including, Roskilde Festival (Denmark), WOMAD (UK & New Zealand), Pohoda Festival (Slovakia), Lugano Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and Tempo Latino Festival (France).