Mouthwatering Morsels from Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
One of the most delightful things about Malaga is the vibrant local music scene. It just gets better and better as the years go by. Our most famous home-grown group is of course “Chambao” and we are indeed very fortunate to have one of their members as a very dear and close friend, a really friendly and genuine person with no airs and graces which is unusual for such a “maestro”. Chambao are currently travelling the world and this year do not seem to have stopped travelling between South America and Europe.
Roberto Cantero is their renowned saxophone player and he can be heard on many of the tracks on their albums and is an incredible asset to their group, led by the lead singer, La Mari. He is a consummate “showman” and a master of his trade (he plays the flute too, alto and tenor sax and is currently learning the bagpipes!). He has been on the music scene in Malaga for over 15 years and is recognised internationally for his amazing musical ability (Chambao were the back-up group for Ricky Martin on one of his world tours before they made their own name iternationally). His range of repertoire as a session musician is quite frankly astounding! He was also touring with another of Malaga’s favourite groups for 8 years – Danza Invisible.
He can be heard on the recordings of many famous Spanish Artists including Raimundo Amador, Bebo Valdes, Javier Gurruchaga, Carles Benavent, Tomasito y Javier Ruibal and can regularly be seen on television.
An established Producer too – his work is recognised by the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Spanish Music in their 12th Annual awards as “Producer of the Best Fusion Disc of the Year”. In 2008 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy as “Best Producer of the Year”.
Roberto’s favourite venues in Malaga (and ours too!) are the following (in no particular order but the Feel Jazz Soho is probably the favourite!) The “Soho” area is our new, constantly evolving “arty” area just between the Alameda Principal, Calle Larios, and the newly reformed (and very magnificent!) Port area of Muelle Uno.
Alamos 38 (situated on Calle Alamos as the name suggests – an old converted small palace – but no website)
Bar Casino (between the Picasso Museum and Calle Cister)
A great site for keeping up to date with the Music Scene (as well as theatre and other events) is http://www.mlgcool.com/category/musica/
For Jazz enthusiasts – keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/asociacionjazzmalaga
Roberto kindly appears at our weddings too (our sister company is www.andaluciaweddings.com) and he has provided romantic ambient dinner music in the form of jazz, chill out and bossa, and on other occasions has animated the dance floor with incredible renditions of “house” music.
Here are just a few examples of a seriously talented musical Malagueño!!!
A couple more of our favourite Malagueño Bands are the gorgeous Laura Insausti and her band “Dry Martina” and the fantastic “Free Soul Band” Do not miss them if they are in town!
Well, other than you, obviously! 😉