About us

Los Camaradas is a community salsa band, based in Leeds, with players from across Yorkshire.  Salsa is dance music for the ears, hips and feet!  Like us and see the latest news on Facebook.

The current line-up is about 15 people, including vocals, trumpet, trombones, flute, clarinet, saxes, bass, piano, timbales and other latin percussion.  Band leader and coach is trombonist Jonny Enright.  

"As a band what we love most is the way our audiences respond, moving to the music, sometimes with great skill, sometimes because they just can't help but get on their feet."

The afro-cuban rhythms of son montuno are just made for moving your hips. The Colombian dance rhythm of cumbia is infectious. There's even a song about grinding Venezuelan coffee.

Feel the tumbao rhythm of the bass guitar and the meaty riffs of the baritone sax. Clap along with the clave rhythm. Join in and sing the full-harmony coros in response to the passionate solo pregones. Appreciate the skill of the trombones, saxes, flute, tres guitar and timbales taking turns at improvised interpretation as the songs develop.

Said Francine Shilton, Leeds Midnight Walk, "So many of the participants came up to me on the night to say how amazing the entertainment was. You created such a fantastic atmosphere which we haven’t had quite like that before, so I was delighted"

Many of our tunes were made popular by the Fania All-Stars as skilled musicians moved from Latin America to New York and traditional folk styles became blended with jazz. There are songs by Eddie Palmieri, Hector Lavoe and Benny More as well as a couple of our own written in Yorkshire.

We've got quite a few gigs planned for 2020!  Details of some of them are still being finalised, and some are private parties, but you'll see us at these public gigs
  • Heart Headingley, 30 May 2020, 8pm
  • Leeds Polish Centre, 10 October 2020, 8pm
We are now taking bookings for more gigs, parties, weddings, festivals, salsa specials and other events in the Yorkshire region in the 2020-21 season.
Thanks to the wonderful audiences who supported us (and entertained us with your marvellous dancing) at 
  • Leeds Jazz Festival
  • Musicport world music festival, Whitby
  • Marsden Jazz Festival 
  • Chapel Allerton Festival 
  • Noche Latina in Saltaire
  • Hope Bank Works, Honley
  • Leeds Midnight Walk
  • TJs in Woodhouse
  • Heart in Headingley
  • Roundhay Environmental Action Project
  • Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton
  • the HiFi club, Leeds
  • Elland Road
  • Roundhay Live
See you again soon!