Warapo @FCC Phnom Penh
Award-winning Latin fusion group Warapo was long the house band at the famous Caravelle Hotel in Saigon. Founded in 1998 in Santa Clara, Cuba, the Cuban fusion band play radio-friendly Latin rhythms steeped in the Cuban tradition. Warapo won the title “Best Amateur Band” in November 1998 at the 14th Artist College Festival in Holguín, and with their second album, “Tengo Nada,” the band garnered four nominations at the 2008 Cuban Disco Awards, Cuba’s most prestigious music awards. “We were all in the same school, and with different tastes in music we were able to produce what we call a good fusion,” says Alex Gonzalez, one of the founding members. “For us, culture and music go together. At that time we were influenced by bachata, cumbia, merengue, Cuban son, salsa, pop, rock, swing. The band now is quite different, but the essence is the same.” Doors at 8:30 p.m. No cover.