Palenke, London's leading Latin American Dance band, was born in 1990 to the
collective talents of Fernando Suarez - "Kinacho" and Lisandro Zapata from
Colombia. Both are highly professional performers and are widely experienced in
the Latin and Jazz scene.
This all singing band includes the traditional latin rhythm section, piano,
guitar, bass, congas, bongos and timbale. It is fronted by Adriana Santana also
Colombian, who has become the "Queen of Salsa" in London captivating the
audience with her magnetic voice and sensual dancing.
The Band's eclectic repertoire is passionate, dynamic and eminently
danceable: from the characteristically hot blooded tempos of Cuban Salsa and
Brazilian Lambada, the traditional folk rhythms of Colombian cumbia and
Dominican Merengue, to the latest Caribbean Reggae and universally popular
Spanish style "Gypsy Kings".
Over the years Palenke has toured: Switzerland (Montreaux Festival), France,
Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ireland and Turkey. The
band has performed for dignitaries such as Prince Charles, the late King Hussein
of Jordan, King Juan Carlos of Spain and has become a spicy ingredient at
hotels, clubs and many pop stars parties. In the UK, the band is well known from
North to South as a leading Latin band spreading the Latin fever from small to
big audiences. Palenke has been invited to the Barbican Centre, the South Bank,
The Edinburgh Festival and several TV shows. They are currently working on their
first original CD.
Palenke over the years had worked with the collaboration of great Musicians
such as: Oscar Ruiz, timbale; Bill Bland, congas; Alejandro Martinez,
multi-percussionist and Luis Carlos Fuentes, Drummer.