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7-TETO LETICIA Y SU RUMBADAMA at Spanjaardsgat-Festival. Breda, May 2013

8-TETO LETICIA Y SU RUMBADAMA. Photo by Sipke Westveen. Cuyck, 1996

4-TETO LETICIA Y SU RUMBADAMA tijdens Plazas Latinas Festival, Amersfoort, August 2013

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The all female salsa-sensation from the Netherlands

video from 7-tet live concert July 2011:

video from 5-tet live concert May 2013

video from 4-tet live concert May 2013

video from 4-tet live concert June 2017

video nedersalsa live 5-tet May 2013

audio 7-tet:

audio 5-tet:

Leticia y su Rumbadama is reputed to be one of the top salsa bands in The Netherlands. Rumbadama – as the band is more popularly known – has hardly changed its line up since 1996. In that year, the band performed live for Tros Sesjun on Dutch national radio and made its debut tour in Sweden and Finland. Since then the ladies have remained a very popular, steady and catchy part of the Latin music scene.
Already a well-known Latin 'timbalera' when she founded Rumbadama, band leader Leticia Bal was spotted playing at the world-famous North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. She also had toured Europe for years, sharing the stage with international salsa stars like 'Klimax' (Cuba), 'Xavier Plaza y su Orquesta Sonrisa' (Venezuela), Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaria and many others.
In the early 90's, Leticia hit the New York salsa scene to promote her first album. In 1999 she received a scholarship from the Dutch Fonds Voor De Podiumkunsten in order to study in Havana for a while, where she jammed with a lot of local stars, visited concerts and rehearsals every day and fed her musical soul lots of Cuban vitamines.
The rhythmic heart and soul of Leticia y su Rumbadama are Cuban born singer Delia González with her very groovy maracas and Leticia on conga's, bongó or timbales. Talented bass player Mick Paauwe and the young pianist Barbara Rana complete the basic line up. To play ‘Salsa Dura’ at full power, the Rumbadama line up is joined by a second percussionist and a one-or-two-women-brass-section, led by Ellister van der Molen, one of Holland's most talented and upcoming trumpet players.

Doo-wop salsa

Besides having a wonderful mastery of their instruments, five of the seven 'Machas' sing a strong 'coro' and beautifully harmonized ‘mambo-riffs’, thereby creating Rumbadama’s immediately recognizable sound. Often, people in the public are 'doo-wopping' with the band. A new genre is born: the 'doo-wop salsa'.

The repertoire of Leticia y su Rumbadama spans from traditional Cuban Son to a diversity of Salsa and Caribbean styles such as Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, Son Montuno, Rumba, Plena, Bomba and the very danceable Merengue. As soon as they hear the very first note, people want to dance to the infectuous music of these Salsa 'Machas'.
Leticia often invites the most celebrated guest-musicians in the Dutch Latin- and Latin-Jazz scene (Lisi Torres vocals, Leslie Lopez baby bass, Konkie Halmeyer steeldrums, among others) to join the band.

salsa dance lesson
The show can be completed with a short but catchy salsa dance lesson, during the show or before.
The band performs as a 4-tet, 5-tet, 6-tet, 7-tet or 8-tet.


5-teto Leticia y su Rumbadama. Summer 2013 5-TETO LETICIA Y SU RUMBADAMA at Blijburg aan Zee. Photo by Piet Jan Blauw. Amsterdam, July 2012

6-TETO LETICIA Y SU RUMBADAMA at Dias Latinos , right before showtime. Photo by Daniel Patriasz. Amersfoort, August 2012

6-TETO LETICIA Y SU RUMBADAMA at jazzclub Paradox. Photo by Karla Hoffman. Tilburg, March 2011

5-TETO LETICIA Y SU RUMBADAMA at jazzclub Loosdrecht. Photo by Sipke Westveen. March 2012

Leticia. Photo by Daniel Patriasz. Amsterdam, May 2012

Leticia at festival Dias Latinos. Photo by Bert Muijen. August 2011.

Delia Gonzalez. April 2013. Photo Esther van der Linde

Barbara Rana. Photo by Rosalinde Weijsenfeld

Mick Paauwe. Photo by Cees van de Ven

Ellister van der Molen. Photo by Ruud Waij

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