Orquesta Batachanga

Machete Ensemble Africa, Vol. 1

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The Machete Ensemble is a 46-member group based in the Bay Area who combine Latin jazz stylings with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Horns, keyboards, violin, flute and guitars are swept along on a tide of Latin and African drums and percussion instruments. Led by Rebeca Mauléon, John Calloway and John Santos (who also belong to Orquesta Batachanga), The Machete Ensemble blend their jazz instrumentals with churning rhythms, adding vocals on a couple of tracks, notably the impassioned chant "Africa," which honors the people and cultural legacy of the African continent.