Ocho y Media
Deze salseros punk-tuelle spelen de sterren van de hemel. Ze brengen latin, salsa, ragga, ska, funk, mambo, boogaloo met humor en veel speelplezier, waardoor stilstaan geen optie is. Ze hebben verschillende albums op hun naam staan en hebben getourd in Usa, Argentinië, Venezuela en Colombia. Ocho y Media is het levende bewijs van multikulti Parijs, vamos bailar!
Ocho y Media is a salsaband from France that swings as hard as any professional salsaband from Puerto Rico or New York. The fact confirmed by their tracks being hits in clubs in Cali, Colombia and an invitation to tour Venezuela in 2007! The music magazine Cocazine qualified Ocho y Media as the most active band in the french salsa-ragga-ska scene.
Ocho y Media has been conquering for quite some time concert halls in France, with its repertory of cheerful compositions and their positive energy on stage. Salsa and rock fans have responded enthusiastically.
In 2003, they were nominated “revelation” in the festival La Noche in Lille, France, where Ocho y Media ignited a concert hall filled with 4000 fans, playing after the Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and before the Spanish group Amparanoiá. In 2004, an important step was achieved with their first album (12 themes with 10 originals). More than 500 albums were sold by public subscription and another 500 copies sold with no marketing budget, but backed by favorable articles and radio broadcasts (Nova, Latina, Fip, and others.)
This first album achieved spontaneous success in Colombia, mainly in the clubs and radio of Cali. With the track "Pesadilla", they even obtained the prize of the best salsa theme of 2005! La Ocho y Media excelled again in prestigious halls of over 4000 fans, like in the Villette summer festival (Paris) and in 2005, in the most famous salsa festival in Europe "Tempo Latino". In February 2006, the adventure continued with a second album "Sigue!" that shows their evolution toward a wider musical openness (ska, ragga, reggae) with original lyrics in Spanish, English and French.