The Devil Dances Salsa – Oscar D’León in Concert
Oscar D´León is coming to London! One of Venezuela’s biggest stars, this musical legend, and his unique brand of salsa, have been at the epicentre of salsa music for over 30 years, rightly earning him the nicknames “El sonero del mundo” and “El diablo de la salsa” and ranking him alongside the likes of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon and Ruben Blades.
But if the idea of salsa conjures up images of cheesy nightclubs and overcrowded dance classes, think again. There’s a reason why this man is so famous. With over 50 albums to his name, as well as numerous gold discs, honours and awards, Oscar D’León embodies everything that makes salsa great. An outstanding musician, and a talented singer, dancer and showman, he was inspired by the Cuban music masters such as Beny Moré and the New York sounds of “la Fania generation” in the 50s and 60s to form his first band, La Dimension Latina in 1973, and overnight went from taxi driver and factory worker at General Motors to salsa sensation with his hit “Pensando En Ti”.
Oscar D´León went on to form La Salsa Mayor and La Critica and countless other hits followed including “El Suavecito”, “Bravo De Verdad” and “Rumba Rumbero”. Best known for his song “Lloraras” a new version of which he recorded with young Reggaeton star Tego Calderón in November 2007; and “El Caballero De La Salsa” Gilberto Santa Rosa, for his album Fuzionando, which won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical album.
Oscar D’León plays the bass alongside his Venezuelan big band, has dance moves (and has worn medallions and white suits) that would put John Travolta to shame, and sings unforgettable lyrics that capture the popular imagination. Best of all though, his music is that pure, joyful salsa that immediately makes you smile and get up, get down, and shake off the cares of the world.
WHEN: Saturday 3 November 8.30pm – 1am
WHAT: Oscar D’Leon and his Venezuelan Big Band
WHERE: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
TICKETS: £25 in advance – 0844 482 8008 / roundhouse.org.uk