Posted on Feb 12, 2010

The other great act that I caught was the Cuban timba big band Rumbankete from Los Angeles at Yoshis in Oakland this past Thursday night. This explosive band led by trombonist Denis Jiron were playing their timba drenched sounds to a packed dance floor. Made up of 2 violins, 3 trombones, bass, keyboards, drum set, timbales, congas and fronted by 3 charismatic vocalists, Rumbankete played a combination of original material and covers of tunes by Los Van Van and Elio Reve. Potent stuff! Denis told me that the band will be releasing a single in the next month and a new cd should be coming out later this year. Check them out the next time that they swing by the Bay Area…don’t sleep on this band.