Hard-hitting beats from Columbia, Nicaragua, and Cuba. 2016 WCMA World Artist of the Year nominee.
Mazacote is a hard-hitting 6-piece world/latin band with deep roots in Nicaragua, Mozambique and Colombia. Inspired by Afro-Caribbean percussion and tropical party sounds, they play brass heavy latin dance beats with a socially conscious message.
Performing together since 2009, Mazacote features the captivating voice of Nicaraguan singer/songwriter David Lopez and a groove-heavy rhythm section with Carlos Arias on Bass, Chris Couto on Timbales, Robin Layne on Congas, Japanese pianist Niho Takase and jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken.
Their new album NUEVA ERA on TrebleFive Records was recently nominated as World Album of the Year at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards. "It's our finest work yet as a band," says leader Malcolm Aiken, "this album brings a new level of songwriting and the end result is electric. Everybody shines." Check out their distinct west coast latin style in the singles "La Hora" and "Carita Bella".
Mazacote performs at festivals, clubs and special events across the Pacific Northwest. Recent highlights include the Vancouver International Salsa Festival alongside New York latin jazz legend Jimmy Bosch, and main stage appearances at the Harmony Arts Festival, the Carnaval del Sol, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Winterruption Arts and Culture Festival and Kelowna's Global Music Fest.
"Malcolm, Robin, David, Chris, Carlos and last, but certainly not least, Niho, thank you so much for a great concert last night! You six musicians outdid yourselves! I can't believe the energy and enthusiasm you put into the entire evening. You never once flagged on your music and the whole group looked like it was having fun.
We had kids as young as 3, seniors over 80 and every age in between dancing to your Latin beats. I know quite a few people on the island but there were folks I’ve never seen before who came out for your special show." - Joan Varley, Quadra Island Cultural Commitee
"The show was fabulous. All the feedback was positive and complimentary regarding the performance,
Mazacote was a wonderful addition to our series.
Adding the salsa class element prior to the show really encouraged attendees to get up and dance!" - Whistler Arts Council, April 2016
"This group sure knows how to get a crowd moving! They filled Kelowna’s streets with Latin rhythms and got the whole community dancing!" - Ryan Donn, Director, Global Music Festival
"Mazacote performed to an enthusiastic capacity crowd and had the audience dancing to their sizzling Latin rhythms. I would highly recommend this group for any festival or event!" - Jodi Smith, JLS Entertainment + Talent Coordinator, Harmony Arts Festival
"Mazacote "gets" it. Not only do they bring a distinctly Latin flavour to their powerhouse shows, they also understand what makes an audience respond. They keep getting better and better." - Cheyenne Kamran, Founder, Mad Salsa Productions/Vancouver International Salsa Festival
"Mazacote knows how to harmonize the spirit of latin music and energy and create a fantastic sound and show experience. It’s always a pleasure to dance to their music and feed off the interaction between the musicians!" - Roger Chen, Producer, salsaevents.ca