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4 de Diciembre

Salsa and Merengue Music DJ

Lessons: Salsa
Lessons: Ear Training
Lessons: Merengue
Dance Technique
Tango Argentino
Teacher Training
AfroCuban Percussion
Latin Music
Seminars: Aspects of AfroCuban music
En Español | In English

4 de Diciembre (
are a modern charanga group featuring flute, violin and saxophone on top of a contemporary rhythm and Afro-Cuban percussion section.

Directed by United Nations Dance Council Member (UNESCO CID) Loo Yeo, 4 de Diciembre knows what dance music is about; having a cutting-edge sound with modern harmonies whilst remaining firmly grounded in Afro-Cuban traditions. The ensemble is equally comfortable interpreting sones and son montunos as it is performing its own original salsa-timba compositions.

The band is named after the date of Chango's day, the Afro-Cuban Orisha of fire and music, the eve of which is commemorated with much music, dance and revelry all across the island.

4 de Diciembre was named following a coincidence: the first recording of one theme track called "Nueva Generación" fell on a 3rd of December, where its final inspiración went:

"Festejemos como si mañana fuera cuatro de Diciembre"*
[Party as if tomorrow were the 4th of December]

Fiery, Passionate, Energetic, Entertaining,

They're all that.

From son montuno to out-and-out club-floor salsa, their musical arrangements are irresistibly danceable.

Jeremy (keyboards), Loo (congas)
Listeners don't just listen for long.

With a philosophy like
'Music was made for dancing',
you'll just have to experience, live,
salsa's sharpest cutting edge.

4 de Diciembre are:

  Daniel Bradley:
Carolyn Bunce:
tenor saxophone,
hand percussion
Nathan Dixon:
timbales, hand percussion
Jan Rens:
Ana Santiago Menéndez:
bass guitar, vocals
Catie Williams:
Jeremy Wise:
piano, vocals, clave
Loo Yeo:
congas, vocals

Artistic influences include:
Ray Barretto, Charanga Habanera, Oscar Hernandez, Rebeca Mauleón-Santana, Orquesta Gitano, Johnny Pacheco, Cesar Pedroso, Johnny Polanco, José Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Marty Sheller, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Los Van Van.

*©2005 Loo Yen Yeo & Ana Santiago Menéndez. All rights reserved.


1999 Salsa & Merengue Society