Latin band’s folk concert
Canta Conmigo is one of Palmerston North’s longest lasting bands. Founded in 1991, the Latin American outfit passed its quarter century last year.
While the line-up has changed over the years, founding members Cynthia Landa from Peru and Mariani Rivera from Puerto Rico have been its mainstay.
Canta Conmigo translates as ’sing with me’ and Rivera said the band had fused the music styles and cultures of the nations its members have come from.
‘‘We’ve learned from each other. It has been a way of sharing our music and culture and language with the community, as well as keeping it alive for ourselves..’’
The current Canta Conmigo line-up with Rivera on guitar and vocals and Landa on charango, bombo and vocals, has Aleyda Mina from Colombia as lead vocalist and Kiwi Colin Knight who lays down grooves on congas, bongos, and bombo with the occasional burst of accordion and vocals.
Knight was a Spanish language student of Landa’s.
’’Colin has a big interest in South America. We don’t often have Kiwis in the group, so it’s quite special.’’
The band is in concert on Friday for the Palmerston North Folk Club in the Theosophical Hall on Church St from 8pm.