Updates – Caribé, ALLY and Palacio de la Rumba

Exciting news as we announce our upcoming events for Caribé and ALLY, as well as plans for Palacio de la Rumba to be working with Grammy Award-winning artist Dafnis Prieto in 2020. View the Events list for more details.


On Saturday June 8th most of Caribé will be travelling to Melbourne to perform Elio Villafranca’s Cinque for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival at The Night Cat. The personnel includes some wonderful percussionists from Melbourne and our Grammy-nominated friend and maestro Elio Villafranca on piano. If you’re in Melbourne we look forward to presenting this amazing production for you. The band is: Lazaro Numa-trumpet, Danny Carmichael-trombone, Gai Bryant-alto/soprano saxes and flute, Matt Ottignon-tenor sax and clarinet, Tim Clarkson-bass clainet, Nick Henderson-bass, Ryan Menezes-drum kit, Panga-congas, Adrian Hearn-batá drums.

In July Caribé and Adrian Medina will be previewing a new show before touring to regional NSW. Expect dancing, chanting, music and film. This is our first attempt at presenting all these elements in a cabaret-style theatre with dining and we hope everyone will love it.

August 23rd-25th Caribé hits the road with Adrian to present our show in Wollongong, Nowra and Canberra.

In September Cuban percussionist Pellito Afrokan is artist in residence with Caribé. Pellito is the grandson of Pello el Afrokan, creator of the mozambique music style. He will be in Australia to share Cuba’s first post-revolution music genre with us all. Get ready for Cuban street music!


August 4th ALLY will be performing at VJ’s in Chatswood. To start the evening Giorgio Rojas will be giving a cajón lesson touching on some basic patterns found in Afro-Peruvian music. This will be followed by an extended set of Afro-Peruvian inspired music, descargas, jazz and more.

Palacio de la Rumba

2020 is shaping up to one of the best years yet for Palacio de la Rumba! We are very excited to announce that plans are underway to bring Grammy Award winning Cuban percussionist, composer and educator Dafnis Prieto. We will post more details as soon as we can.