In September 1999, a pamphlet circulating in Seattle featured “The fresh sounds of Cambalache,” referring to the philosophy of the nine-piece Seattle salsa band that made its debut that year.
Ever since, Cambalache has challenged and redefined the characteristic sound of Northwest Salsa scene. Never afraid to incorporate new ideas, or to drop others that have been exploited, Cambalache's eclectic style is an embodiment of the richness and diversity of Latin America. Deeply rooted in the latest music movements developing in Cuba, Cambalache's performances are a blend of great salsa classics and contemporary tunes. At each performance, audiences are seduced by the energetic atmosphere of Timba and Nueva Salsa.
Now, after years of hard work and continuous learning, Cambalache has placed itself at the top of the Northwest Salsa scene. They have broken attendance records of virtually every salsa club in Seattle, Portland and Eugene. Their show is considered to be one of the most entertaining and fun in the NW for salsa dancers as well as for those who just love the music. Testament to this is that Cambalache was selected to play at the 2001 Major League All-Star Game to a crowd of more than 55,000 people at Safeco Field in Seattle.
This is what people have say about Cambalache:
". Expect a festive atmosphere created by one of the Northwest's best salsa bands."
“NW's best salsa band”
-Fernando Vasquez, promoter of Seattle's Beso del Sol.
". Cambalache put on a smoking, high energy show that easily ranked among the best salsa shows ever at the Wild Duck."
“Their music is easy to dance to, and the band is extremely fun!”
promoters of salsa dancing in Portland, Oregon.
Cambalache has already begun to record their first CD and it should be ready to go on sale this fall. Its youth, energy and intense passion for music is the defining element that complements the quality of its sound and makes Cambalache a band with tremendous potential and a promising future.