Charanga Agozá, a charanga ensemble based in Madison, Wisconsin, was formed in 2009. The group plays charanga, a dance oriented musical genre that originated in Cuba at the turn of the twentieth century and peaked in the 1950s. Charangas also became popular in New York City during the genesis of the salsa movement in the 60s and 70s.
Musical styles featured in Charanga Agoza’s repertoire include the danzón, the chachachá, the mambo, and some modern day salsa played in a charanga style.
Charanga Agozá has been entertaining audiences in Dane county for the past 6 years. The band has appeared at Dane Dances, The UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace, The Cardinal Bar, Madison's annual Latin Fest at the Majestic Theater, the Willy Street Festival, and a wide variety of other public and private performances.
For information on booking Charanga Agozá for you festival or private event, click here.
Yanzelmalee Riveral, vocals
Jessie Mitchell, flute
Amber Dolphin, violin
Brian Whitty, trombone
Carrie Backman, trombone
Paul Muench, piano
John Mesoloras, bass
Roberto Rengel, timbales and vocals
Alfredo Rodrigez, congas and vocals
Jose Madera, bongos and vocals