Miami's Cuban Funk Band Now On CD.


Palo! This Is Afro-Cuban Funk


"What a great surprise ...a highly FUNKified, folklore-jazz number with inflections of timba, salsa and even a bit of R&B. Yoruba Funk Party music at its best. Whatever you want to call it, it's great stuff that will be sure to get your blood flowing. Superb vocalist and PALO! co-founder Leslie Cartaya pumps life and vitality into every arrangement. With co-founder and keyboardist Steve Roitstein at the helm, PALO! also has saxophonist Ed Calle, timbalero Raymer Olalde, conguero and singer Philbert Armenteros and others. This is funk, Yoruba style, with lots of attitude and ...Very Highly Recommended." -- Editor's Pick


Palo! This Is Afro-Cuban Funk


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Called “…the new Latin sound of Miami”, PALO! has quickly become a favorite among South Florida’s live music devotees. PALO! plays a style of extremely danceable music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Their appeal lies in their unmatched musical energy, catchy original songs, and amazing display of impromptu virtuosity. A mix of vintage and contemporary sounds, blending Latin and Urban rhythms gives PALO! their unique, infectious style.


PALO! was formed in the summer of 2003 when Steve Roitstein (beats, keyboards) asked fellow musicians Leslie Cartaya (vocals), Philbert Armenteros (vocals, percussion), Ed Calle (sax) and Raymer Olalde (vocals, percussion) to join him in an improvised musical experiment combining Latin music with funk beats. PALO! immediately began a residency at Hoy Como Ayer, one of the area’s best live music clubs. They soon started performing in South Beach’s Jazid, Jazziz Bistro at the Hard Rock Casino, Transit Lounge, and other area venues. They have been featured at events such as the Cuba Libre Block Party, Downtown Miami’s Best, the Amigos For Kids Charity, Miami Book Fair International, and events for the City of Miami. The band has current residencies at Kimbaracumbara in Little Havana and Van Dyke Café in South Beach.


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