La Esencia del Salsa!... (The Essence of Salsa) Manteca Salsa and Afro-Cuban Band

Manteca, Durban’s premier 11-piece Afro Caribbean band presents La Esencia del Salsa! (The Essence of Salsa) at the Rumblelow Theatre, Umbilo from Friday, March 21.

The show brings together vibrant live music, fashion, energetic dance and intimate theatre to tell the story of Salsa: a world wide multi-cultural phenomenon – an expression of integration and the struggle for freedom.


From the courts of King Louis XIV to the plantation slaves of the Caribbean to the dance halls of New York and the world, audiences will be entertained by rootsy Cuban folklore, European art music with an African twist, swinging Latin Jazz, and explosive salsa. Manteca, which inspired a new range of designs by Durban fashion designer, Karen Monk-Klijnstra, comprises Mark Momple (bass), David Langley (piano), Jose Chemane (timbale), John Drace (congas), Johan van der Molen (baritone sax and clarinet), Daniel Sheldon (trumpet), Avikaar Maney (Alto, tenor sax and flute), Avinash Maney (keys and guitar), Raul Vazquez (vocals), Rod Choromanski (guitar/vocals), Sam Marais (vocals) and Liana Barciela (vocals).


Shows are on Friday, March 21 and 28, Saturday March 22 and 29 at 20:00, Sunday March 23 and 30 at 18:30 and Sunday March 30 at 14:00.


Tickets are R120 for adults (and R100 for pensioners and tables of 8 or more). The venues opens 90 minutes before show and audience is invited to bring their own picnic meals or snacks. (Braais are available). There is a bar available. (No alcohol may not be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking available. Booking is essential through COMPUTICKET or call or email Roland for bookings and get that money rolling in. H 2057602 Cell 0824998636. Email :