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Rumba Calzada

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, Spanish

Originally formed in 1991 by Boying Geronimo and now headed by his son, Raphael Geronimo, Rumba Calzada has been a favourite with Vancouver's Latin Jazz and Salsa enthusiasts for over 19 years. In 2008, Rumba Calzada performed as the closing band at the Borneo Jazz festival in Sarawak, Malaysia, representing Canada. Their CD, Album 4, was nominated for a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding World Recording of the Year. And in 2002, Rumba Calzada was nominated for a Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year.


This one stays in the CD player. A classic., New York
Another four star effort from one of our city's finest. World Beat Canada

Performances & Workshops


Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 50 mins.
Capacity: 500+ students
Tech Requirements: 3-4 power outlets, 3 chairs
Fee Range: $835 - $1,235 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Rumba Calzada opens the show with an upbeat mambo or salsa song, followed by a brief history of Latin Jazz music. Another song is played, usually a cha cha cha, followed by an explanation of each instrument. We then teach the students a rhythmic pattern called the "clave" by getting them to clap along with the band playing a song. Another song is played and then a dance lesson on the cha cha cha is taught to the students. A Q&A and a final original song conclude the presentation.

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