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Expression, a.k.a. Expresión Latina, is not new in the salsa circuit --
this awesome orchestra has paid its dues. Created in Seattle in May of
1986 by composer/vocalist Francisco "Papo" Medina Sr., combined with his
son, Jr. Medina, Ted Bowden, and Dennis Haldane -- all still active
members in the group Ã¢Â€Â“ along with several other local talented
musicians, Papo's dream orchestra was born.
Today this 13-piece ensemble is comprised of 4 vocalists, 4 horns, plus
a 5 piece rhythm and percussion section, making Latin Expression a
powerhouse orchestra of Latin music that has performed from Canada to
Los Angeles, packing clubs and filling dance floors as well as
delighting festival crowds. Their repertoire includes rhythms from
around the Caribbean including, salsa, cumbia, Afro-Cuban, as well as
what they call "power-salsa".
In 1997, Papo Medina and the rest of the band released their debut CD
titled Realidad on the Tocolo Musica label. The CD which was nominated
for a NAMA award, featured eight original compositions including fan
favorites Realidad and Alejate.
2005 brought the release of the highly anticipated production entitled 9
Dias de Rumba, which was recorded in Medellan, Colombia. Produced by
Papo Medina, music arranged and directed by Orlando Libreros and
featuring special guest performances by Diego and Jaima Galla who inject
the perfect amount of Colombian flavor into this majestic force of
Puerto Rican salsa. This album which includes 11 tunes was designed for
both the dancers and salsa lovers alike.
Latin Expression was once described as "The Northwest's best kept salsa
secret", a secret no more. With the international release of 9 Dias de
the secret is out.
Latin Expression/Expresion Latina - Salsa Orchestra