La Descarga

Norway`s first, biggest, best, most spectacular & oldest salsa band!  (…in all modesty of course…)

La Descarga plays music:

  • that crawls its way into your hips and forces you out on the dancefloor.
  • that is a unique blend of dense, swaying and exciting polyrhythmic grooves.
  • that is completely unresistable and highly energetic. Preferred as party-music even in the most picky circles. Need we say more? * OK – that La Descarga plays SALSA!!!!

La Descarga have gained much praise for their interpretation of salsa-music from salsa-authorities in Europe and Latin-America. Their recording Descongelate was released by the Norwegian label “Farmen Records”

La Descarga have played at well known festivals like Molde Jazzfestival, Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Latinfestivals in Trondheim & Bodø, Sandvika Storbandfestival, Dølajazz in Lillehammer, Hesperia Winter-carnival, Jyvaskyla Summer-jazz in Finland.

Some of the background historyIn 1985 a young Norwegian went to Cuba, the birth-place of salsa-roots, to investigate its many wonderful secrets. Back from his trip to Cuba he formed Norways first salsa band La Descarga with a cuban vocalist and four jazz musicians – There was no turning back now!

Since 1986 and to this day La Descarga has improved and increased the number of musicians along its way and is now a fullblown unit that will get even the stiffest of us jumping in their dancing-shoes. The reportoir ranges from authentic salsa, chachacha to funky timba. The band delivers this with great temperament, charm, presence – and most important – it grooves impeckably!

La Descarga is
Sverre Indris Joner - piano, leader
Sergio Gonzalez - singer
Yusvier "Mantecao" Iznaga - singer
Eduardo Cedeno - timbales
Ruben Pirela - congas
Ole Marius Melhuus - bass
Frank Brodahl - trumpet
Erik Eilertsen - trumpet
Even Kruse Skatrud - trombone