Leopold Square counting down to first open air salsa events of the year

Hundreds are expected for the 2019 return of the region’s largest outdoor salsa extravaganzas next month.

The Salsa In the Square events – which are lined up for the two May Bank Holiday weekends – take place in Sheffield’s Leopold Square and offer a free, 9-hour dance spectacular.

The first, which takes place on Sunday, May 5th, has attracted one of the hottest acts on Europe’s Latin circuit as its headliner.

Seven-piece Raices Cubana are led by virtuoso violinist and musical director Omar Puente – winner of the renowned Lukas Award in 2017.

His band perform a stunning blend of Cuban son, charanga with an infusion of Afro-Cuban jazz. Omar Puente has performed and toured with British jazz stars like Courtney Pine and Denis Baptiste.

The second Salsa In The Square event – lined up for Sunday, May 26th – is headlined by six-piece Timba De Cuba who offer a unique Latin mix of sounds that span salsa, Latin, jazz, funk and son.

The band comprise the renowned Jesus Moreau Batallan on piano, lead singer Ricardo Pompa, Enrico Marchesi on trumpet, Pete Williams on congas, Kike Bellez on drums and bassist Emlyn Vaughan.

Timba De Cuba perform some of the latest sounds coming out of Havana. They blend original numbers with songs from some of the best Latin Grammy composers including Tony Perez and Luz Viajara.

There will also be a special guest at the event – Barcelona-based DJ Anna De Orte.

Both events run outdoors in Leopold Square from 5pm until 10pm – they then move into Cubana for the remaining four hours for a Barrio Latino Bank Holiday Special Fiesta that plays over two floors.

DJs for Sunday, May 5th: DJ Fabio Bahia (Calle Ocho, Leeds), DJ Roly Caballero (Havana Cuba) and DJ Antonio Sabroso.

DJs for Sunday, May 26th: DJ Ckastley (El Rey del Zongue), DJ Antonio Sabroso and DJ Anna De Orte.

Adrian Bagnoli, co-owner of Cubana, said: “The atmosphere we create at Salsa In The Square is truly magical. I’m grateful for everyone involved for making it such an event that people truly look forward to. It’s wonderful to have the first ones of 2019 on the horizon.”

Salsa In The Square is organised by Cubana, RC Dance and Leopold Square.

Cubana Tapas Bar is situated at Unit 4 Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG. Bookings can be made on 0114 276 0475. More info from www.cubanatapasbar.co.uk

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