Latino Music Directory

Music Artists

Alejandro Santoyo

Alejandro Santoyo began playing the piano by ear and composing when he was 7 years old. His music has a very special energy. When you close our eyes and listen, it simply takes you to another place





Banda Los Guanajuatenses

The band Los Guanajuatenses, originates from Guanajuato, Mexico. This group was formed by 13 musicians from a town called San Pedro Tenango in 1999. Their music is heard on different Hispanic radio stations throughout North Carolina. With their authentic Mexican style, they make everyone dance, young and old.

Contact: Rubén Molina  |  |  919-232-7114 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 919-232-7114 


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Banda N 4

N4 is an acoustic band created from different musical influences, mixing rock, reggae, blues and drums to merge them into one rhythm. The band was originated in Raleigh, North Carolina and is integrated by lead vocalist and guitarist Marcos Gomez from Argentina, percussionist Jorge Layrisse from Venezuela, bassist and background vocalist Jacob Pernell from the US and multi-instrumentalist Josué Bracho from Venezuela.

Contact:   Josué Bracho  |  |  919-699-3402 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 919-699-3402 

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Charanga Carolina

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. 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.

Contact: David Garcia |  |  919-451-3604  



Coyote Jam


Coyote Jam delivers a unique, powerful musical experience. Dance with your partner to guitar-infused cumbia rhythms, groove along with some Latin Funk, and sing along to your favorite Latin and American rock songs all in one high energy musical performance to remember. Coyote Jam brings decades of professional music experience from many areas and walks of life, including Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador, New Jersey, Illinois, and North Carolina!

Contact: Ricardo Granillo |  |  919-389-6055


Flor y Canto


The folkloric traditions of Mexico come to life with this latin acoustic ensemble, whose performance is a multicolor celebration for the ears,  the eyes and the soul. We are Flor y Canto: Poetry in movement.


Contact: Eduardo Moran |  |  919-524-6674 |

Franco Gallardo y sus Mariachis

Franco Gallardo “The Horseman of México” is a native of Veracruz, Mexico. With ten years as an artist in the genre of the traditional music of Mexico (Ranchero), he presents various hits from different famous artist such as: Vicente Fernandez, Joan Sebastian, Javier Solis and many more. He is the Horseman of Mexico, Franco Gallardo, and gives it all!

Contact:   Franco Gallardo  |

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Mickey Mills

Born and raised in Port-of-Spain Trinidad, West Indies, Mickey Mills first started playing the steel drums at the age of 12 as a soloist with the Solo Harmonite Steel Orchestra. In 1970 he moved to New York where he worked with artists such as Mick Jagger, Ralph McDonald, The Mighty Sparrow, Johnny Mathis and Lord Kitchener. Mickey, who cites Bob Marley as one of his major influences, is no stranger to such well known New York establishments as The Village Gate and Madison Square Garden.  Now living in Carrboro, Mickey continues his performance schedule and also leads an educational program entitled Steel-A-Rama, which has been presented in several school systems on the East Coast.  This program is loved by kids and scholars alike as a great exposure to the culture surrounding the Trinidadian steel drums.

Contact: Mickey Mills |  (919) 824-6951  |




Orquesta K' Che

The North Carolina's Triangle area Latin dance band Orquesta K'Che, is the brainchild of percussionist/leader Billy Marrero. When on stage, the eleven piece band will delight the audience by projecting the musical energy of its members, who are ready to ignite and excite you. They aim to be an all-purpose dance band. That means playing Cumbia, Merengue, Bolero, and Latin Jazz as well as Hot Salsa, rather than specializing in one genre. They represent USA, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico

Contact: / Billy Marrero 919-607-6560 919-607-6560 F / 919-607-6560 

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Los Rivales de la Sierra

The musical freshness of the genre Tierra Caliente (Hot Land), of the group Rivales de la Sierra is formed in the state of Delaware. It is composed of members from Mexico and Guatemala. The first two productions received 4 pre-nominations for the Latin Grammy’s. They have also been a part of duets with famous artists such as: Patty Álvarez, Esther Lanuza de Guatemala y El Güero y Su Banda

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Los Rivales de la Sierra

Cristian Cañaveral

Cristian Cañaveral is a young 22-year-old Colombian artist, who began to develop his passion for music and singing since he was a child. That premature musical talent was carried out to several presentations in important settings of his country and won various children singing contests. At the age of four, the guitar became his inseparable companion. This young singer began writing his own songs at the age of thirteen. Nine years ago, he arrived to North Carolina with the vision of going beyond borders with his music. Today he is captivating the public of our community with his voice, his songs and his guitar. After an arduous work of composition and production, in December of 2009, he debuted his album "My Guitar and I", with eight of his own songs, promoting the first single "All and Nothing". Cristian Cañaveral continues harvesting success and following the dream of arriving with his music to the ears and the hearts of the entire world.


Cristian Canaveral

Grupo Barullo

Commotion and noise is the meaning of the word BARULLO! Grupo Barullo originated in the city of Atlixco Puebla, Mexico. They started in 1998 with an exceptional musical career in Mexico and several locations in the United States. Now, the new generation, a versatile group with the same success and the original style of the cumbia sonidera from Puebla, Mexico, promotes their latest single "Admirado de Tí". The promotional single was presented in the 2009 tour in the United States. Currently, the hit still remains alive and will be presented live at La Fiesta del Pueblo 2010. Visit Grupo Barullo on its website to listen to their new material and watch their most recent presentations in the country.





Tercer Divisa


Hailing from different regions of the world, including Italy, Mexico, Cape Verde and Canada, Tercer Divisa plays good old rock ‘n roll and pop with flavors of Mexican traditional tunes in both Spanish and English. Performing in varied festivals and clubs throughout the Southeast, the group has opened for numerous international bands such as Liran Roll, Aragan, TransMetal, Sur 16, Banda Bostick, Interpuesto, Heavy Nopal, California Blues, and Charlie Montana.  

Contact: Cyndra Fye |  |  9199174615























Trosa Band

The TROSA Band consists of residents and staff of the TROSA program. TROSA stands for Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers. Residents spend 2 years at TROSA getting education, job skills and the necessary social skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The band has been playing at community events throughout the Triangle for more than 10 years.

Contact: Johnny Gervasio /

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La Tropa de Tierra Caliente

La Tropa de Tierra Caliente is an artistic group born to the show business in May of 2007. The group was founded by lead vocalist Jesús "Chuy" Velazquez and comprises 9 members full of energy and talent. As their name states, the band is an exponent of the style called music of "TIERRA CALIENTE", which originated in part of the southern states of Mexico such as Guerrero, Michoacán and the State of Mexico. At the moment, they reside in North Carolina and perform in different states of the U.S. They are promoting three singles of their first album: "Te amo", "Me Duele Amarte" and "Por Ella" among others. This band has been proclaimed as “La Reina del Romanticismo Calentano?.


La Tropa de Tierra Caliente

Contacto: Roberto J Martinez/


The Tropic Orchestra

The Tropic Orchestra is a nine piece Latin Orchestra and was formed by lead singer Ricardo Diquez in 2007. Ricardo is half Venezuelan and half Puerto Rican. Salsa music has been a part of Ricardo's life since he was a child having met many Salsa greats such as Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Oscar D' Leon, and Tito Rojas; courtesy of his parents introductions as a child. Ricardo has been singing all of his life and has entertained crowds and dancers in the area for over 10 years. He has selected a group of talented international and native musicians to form the Orchestra. The group consists of Andres Leon on Piano, Jeff Nelson on Bass, Billy Marrero on Timbales, Frank Villa on Bongos, Rick Radian on Congas, Ricardo James on Trumpet and Josh Vincent on Trombone. The Tropic Orchestra plays Classic Salsa, Merengue, Boleros and also some originals.


The Tropic Orchestra

Contacto: Ricardo Diquez /


Eduardo Moran

La Trova - For me, La Trova is beyond poetry, guitar and voice in perfect harmony; is a way of life, human and moral principles always embedded in the songs. It is the voice of the masses, bad loves and bad moods, feelings and thoughts side by side with Chords and Words… always attempting to be perpetual in our time-space. Trova means: Perpetuity in thought. Definition that has been perfectly described by our ancestors: In Xochitl ... In Cuicatl ... “Flower and Song”.

Contact: Eduardo Moran - 919)-524-66 74/

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Bachata Flow

Bachata Flow

Contacto: Gonzalo Perez /

Mariachi Los Galleros

Mariachi Los Galleros

Contacto: Emilio Sanguilan /

West End Mambo

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Orquesta Gardel

Orquesta GarDel delivers a powerful mixture of intoxicating Latin rhythms, sizzling horn lines, intricate arrangements, and melodious vocals every time they take the stage. Modeled after the classic salsa big band, GarDel draws its inspiration from the New York-Puerto Rico jazz/Latin sound of the 1970s, performing unmistakably classic songs by Bobby Valentin, Sonora Ponceña, Eddie Palmieri, and more, along with its own cutting-edge original songs which incorporate the modern, funky sound of Cuban timba music.



Bravo Norteño Mexican Band 

Bravo Norteño starts its career in 1998. In 1999 they released their record "Recuerdos de Éxito" as homage to great artists as Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solís, Camilo Sexto, Leo Dan, Joan Sebastian, among others. Later in 2003 they combined music from their first CDs. At that time the Band had another name, they were called "Grupo Bravo".

In 2005 they released their record "Mas y Mas y Mas Bravo Norteño", that included their biggest hit "Cada Día Mas". This song takes them to TV presentations with Univisión; including, Sábado Gigante, El Gordo y la Flaca, Caliente, Tu Desayuno Alegre, Despierta America y Telefutura; Escándalo TV y Telemundo Frecuencia y "Cada Día con Maria Antonieta". They have interviews in TV and magazines like "TV Notas" and "Furia Musical" also, they received the support of many radio stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and many more in the United States and México and of course the love and support of their public. For all this, Bravo Norteño offers our most sincere thanks in appreciation for all you have done.

Bravo Norteno empezó su carrera en 1998. En 1999 presentaron su disco "Recuerdos de Exito" un homenaje a grandes artistas como Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis, Camilo Sexto, Leo Dan, Joan Sebasitan, entre otros. Después en 2003 combinaron musica de sus primer disco. En ese tiempo eran conocidos por otro nombre, "Grupo Bravo".

En 2005 presentaron su disco "Mas y Mas y Mas Bravo Norteño" que incluía su éxito mas grande "Cada Día Mas". Esta canción los llevo a varias presentaciones de televisión con Univision incluyendo Sábado Gigante, El Gordo y La Flaca, Caliente, Tu Desayuno Alegre, Despierta América, con Telefutura Escándalo TV y con Telemundo en Frecuencia y " Cada Dia con Maria Antonieta". Han tenido entrevistas en la televisión y varias revistas como "TV Notas" y "Furia Musical". También recibieron mucho apoyo en estaciones de radio en North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida y muchos mas en los Estados Unidos y Mexico y también el apoyo y amor de sus seguidores. Por todo esto Bravo Norteño ofrece su agradecimiento sincero por todo el apoyo. 



BRACO incorporates a variety of LATIN styles ranging from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Puerto Rican, to
folkloric rhythms of Central and South America. Building upon these rhythmic foundations, a swirling
melodic tapestry of ROCK, JAZZ and FUNK is fused to create a powerful and dynamic style of music
guaranteed to groove your soul!

BRACO brings a unique flavor to wherever they play that is refreshing to the ears of those weary of the same old sounds. You've never heard anything like it and you will dance to the groove.
Braco, the Latin fusion project of Winston-Salem bassist/pianist Cesar Oviedo, is a Santana-styled quintet with electric guitar and rock drums is a refreshing change of pace in the musical landscape. 

Cesar A. Oviedo

Pablo Antonio y la Firma

The 12 piece Latin band specializes in tropical rhythms like Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata and Reggaetón. Their specialty is Merengue. Having musicians from different countries has allowed Pablo Antonio y La Firma's music, both original and re-produced, to be enjoyed by all nationalities.

Brenda Liz Citrón

Rey Norteño Mexican Band

It is the young blood of norteño music. Originally from the heart of the country, "Hidalgo México" Rey Norteño is formed by the Huerta brothers and they "put their hearts in each one of their presentations".

La sangre nueva de la música norteño. Originalmente del corazón del país Mexicano, Hidalgo, Mexico. Rey Norteño es formado por los hermanos Huerta y "ponen sus corazones en cada una de sus presentaciones".

Contact: Fred Huerta 

Latin Ensemble

Soulful Brazilian sambas, Cuban salsa, Playful calypsos, swinging jazz, and the danceable groove of South African Township music are some of the fabric that holds this band together.

As reviewer Alan Hall of the Chapel Hill Herald has said:
"Different Drum is exactly that. This is not your run of the mill jazz ensemble. There is something almost primitive in these works, calling forth that being inside us that wants to leap and dance. The many subtle and not-so-subtle rhythms that the group incorporates add more than simply another dimension to the music; they add a magnetic, hypnotic siren song that invites the listener into the music."

Li-Lan & Alex (Señor Blanco y la Chinita) also offer bi-lingual music and stories.
Alex is also available for Afro/Latin percussion workshops.

Alex Weiss & Different Drum are available for festivals, concerts, clubs and private parties. We offer school performances and residencies through Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council and the Wake County/United Arts Community Arts Reach program. We perform as a trio, four, or five piece ensemble.

Alex Weiss
Alex Weiss, Music Director


Pavelid Castañeda Florez 

Born in Colombia, Pavelid Castaneda completed high school and university studies in Bogota, Colombia. He studied Music Education at the National Pedagogical University of Colombia. Pavelid's life has been completely dedicated to music… singer, music director, composer and teacher. In 1992 he relocated his family in Babylon, NY and soon thereafter he started his career as a harpist, playing in the most renowned venues in New York.

At this time Pavelid and his wife Gladis enjoy a more relaxing life in Chapel Hill, NC where they moved recently to be close to Pavelid Jr. who is pursuing a career at Duke University. Pavelid considers his children: Edmar, Juanita, Angela and Pavelid Jr. truly the "American Dream."

Nacido en Colombia, Pavelid Castaneda completo sus estudios preparatorios y universitarios en Bogota, Colombia. Estudio música en la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia. La vida de Pavelid siempre ha sido dedicada a la música......cantante, director de música, compositor, y maestro. En 1992 movió su familia a Babylon, NY y empezó su carrera como arpista, tocando en los mas famosos escenarios en Nueva York.

Ahora Pavelid y su esposa Gladis disfrutan de una vida mas tranquila en Chapel Hill, NC donde se movieron para estar mas cerca de Pavelid Jr quien esta buscando una carrera en Duke University. Pavelid considera a sus hijos: Edmar, Juanita, Angela, y Pavelid Jr el verdadero sueno americano.

Pavelid Castañeda Florez 
631-332-0555 cell
919-767-9117 home


Claudia & Myrna Lopez

Myrna Bascuñan y Claudia López Bascuñan are a mother and daughter duo who sing Chilean folk songs, play drums and tell bilingual stories. They came from Chile as political refugees in 1976. Since then they have lived in New York City, Fayetteville, AR, Carrboro and Chapel Hill, NC. They started singing together in 1995. Festivals were they have performed include La Fiesta del Pueblo since it started in Lincoln Center, The International Festival, the Haw River Festival, and The Eno River Festival. Some of their songs have been included in the CDs made by The Community Music Project.

Myrna Bascuñan y Claudia López Bascuñan son un dúo de mama y hija que cantan canciones folclóricas chilenas, tocan tambor y cuentan cuentos bilingues. Vinieron de Chile como refugiadas políticas en 1976. Desde entonces han vivido en Nueva York, Fayetteville, AR, Carrboro y Chapel Hill, NC. Empezaron a cantar juntas en 1995. Se han presentado en varios festivales como La Fiesta del Pueblo, desde su inicio en Lincoln Center, "The International Festival", " The Haw River Festival" y
"The Eno River Festival". Algunas de sus canciones han sido incluidas en el disco hecho por The Community Music Project.


Claudia Lopez Bascuñan
Telephone: 919-942—6885


Picaflor performs ancient and modern folk music from the Andes (the mountainous region of South America including countries such as Chile, Argentina, Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela) and original Andean-inspired tunes. Jeffrey Mahrer and Brenden Tu play a number of traditional Andean instruments such as the quena, siku (or zampoña), charango, tarka, bombo, and various percussive instruments. Both Jeff and Brenden have lived and traveled in Central and South America, and have been members of various Andean folk bands in Perú, California, and North Carolina.


Jeffrey Mahrer 919-755-1402

Swing Sabanero

Swing Sabanero is a Colombian band based in Miami, Fl.  The group began in 2011 through its founder Angel Guille Vargas, bringing together musicians with experience playing in bands and groups in Colombia.  Recently, the band released their debut album featuring diverse styles of music, including Cumbias, Vallenatos, and Porros Sabaneros.  Their live set includes various popular covers from acts such as Los Corraleros de Majagual, Aniecto Molina, Alfredo Gutierrez, Lisandro Mesa, and many more.  Today, the band is comprised of seven unique musicians: Angel Guille Vargas, Jesús Hernandez, Miguel Romero, Angel Blanco, Benjamin Prada, Eliceo Peñaranda and Aristides Ramos. 


Grupo Swing Sabanero es originario de Colombia con músicos colombianos radicados en Miami, FL.  El grupo surge en el 2011 por iniciativa de su fundador, Angel Guille Vargas, reuniendo músicos con experiencia en grupos y bandas en Colombia.  En la actualidad, tienen una producción discográfica de Cumbias, Vallenatos y Porros Sabaneros.  En su show musical, tienen unos temas éxitos de grupos como Los Corraleros de Majagual, Aniceto Molina, Alfredo Gutierrez, Lisandro Mesa y otros.  Actualmente, el grupo está conformado por siete músicos por: Angel Guille Vargas, Jesús Hernandez, Miguel Romero, Angel Blanco, Benjamin Prada, Eliceo Peñaranda y Aristides Ramos.


Angel Guille Vargas

(786) 355-3039 / (786) 479-6408


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