Latin band’s folk con­cert

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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