Born in La Habana, Augusto Enriquez, the leader of the band, is one of the best known modern singers in Cuba. His career started with the Grupo Moncada. Later, he pursued a career as a solo singer with a record produced by Gianni Miná with the collaboration of Phil Manzanera and Vince Tempera as artistic producers.
His second solo CD, produced by Cuban label EGREM, received the Cubadisco award in 1999. On Carambola, Augusto entered the fascinating world of the big band orchestra, with the musical support of Demetrio Muñiz’s experience as music director for the Tropicana Orchestra and the Ibrahim Ferrer Orquesta.
“Carambola” deepened into the Cuban music of the 1940s and 1950s, intensely influenced by Jazz Big Bands of the time. The first times that he heard Augusto Enriquez y su Mambo Orquesta, Giorgio Armani had the idea to design stage outfits for the musicians, sponsoring the look of the Mambo Orquesta.
Carambola (RCA, 2000)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.