Viva Santana

MARCOS RODRIGUEZ: LEAD GUITAR /VOCALS Marcos has played professionally for many years and has developed the Carlos Santana sound with stunning accuracy after years of immersion in Carlos’s music and that dedication has paid off. His dynamic guitar style never fails to make an impression. This truly is a gifted musician whose Latin roots are totally at home as VivaSantana’s front man, his silky Spanish vocals complimenting those unmistakable guitar licks. Marcos plays PRS Santana II & Brazillian Limited guitars through a Messa Boogie Heartbreaker amplifier to produce the authentic Carlos sound for which he is renowned. Marcos most prized possession is a pick given to him by Carlos Santana himself when they met at the invitation only gig at the Tabernacle in London.

SEDGE SANTINNI: TIMBALES / PERCUSSION / LEAD VOCALS Multi-instrumentalist Sedge has been a Santana fan since his father introduced him to the unmistakable sounds of Santana some twenty-five years ago and has been hooked ever since.The charismatic Latin lead vocalist / percussionist is also a founder member of VivaSantana. Drummer & singer / songwriter plays LP Tito Puente solid brass timbales & LP Armando Perazza series bongos with an array of LP cowbells, blocks & chimes mounted on a Gibraltar drum rack with Sabian AAX El Sabor Custom hand cymbals but his warm and powerful Spanish and English vocals are one of the bands main assets and would not be out of place in the Santana band itself. One of the original members since May 2000. Sedge has played all across Europe including Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France & Italy and has also toured in the U.S. Influences include Santana, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeplin, Tito Puente, Malo, The Specials, Michael Jackson, Billy Cobham, Jimmi Hendrix just to name a few.

ERIQUE COBANNA : DRUMS has Worked with Oliver Cheathan,Jocelyn Brown,Lance Ellington, Tina May,Alan Barns, Simon Spillet,Esmond Selwyn,Jim Mullen, Bosco De olivera,Robin Jones,Mick Hutton,James Treewek,Tim Smart. Bands such as king salsa (recently ronnie Scotts sold out 2 nights) the Manhattan Afro cuban big band(Nuyorican poets Newyork),Vivasantana(Wembly conference centre,Jersey opera house etc ).Broadcasting work playing on radio and television and various remixes. Recently finished recording on four albums all released in the last year.Covering all styles he’s mostly known for latin/jazz, Currently performing with programming/recording contemperary electronica piano interupted

He also plays congas,timbales,cajon,Bomba,Shekere,Tambora,bongos,Udu,jembe and some tabla, Folkloric african,cuban and brazilian to contemperary sound scapes back onto drum kit.

JUAN DE LA SALA: KEYBOARDS / VOCALS Juan de la Sala Chorister and Church Organist. Johns musical career spans back to the 1960s performing in Folk and Blues clubs between Yorkshire and London. Reputation as a Blues pianist, Solo Piano and group musician. Played with local bands performing a wide variety of musics from Soul, rhythm and blues, pop rock to traditional. Moved to London 1972. Whilst working as studio engineer and session musician in Londons West End was fortunate to meet and work with many great musicians, most influentially Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan of Stealers Wheel among a list of 100’s musicians who enriched Johns musical experience. Produced Reggae artist ‘King Soloman’ No.1 Reggae chart hit. Songwriting and production was the next step and was influential / intrumental in many successful recordings during the 1970s. Joined and toured with the Foundations and other played with other Soul/funk acts. -Joined Warner Bros music in the late 70s and worked with ‘in house’ musician/songwriters such as Glen Matlock(Sex pistols),Clive Langer(producer,Madness,Elvis costello etc). Ian Brodie(Lightening seeds) Ronnie Thomas(Heavy Metal Kids), Steve Lindsey(Deaf School).etc. Joined Steve Lindsey,s new band the Planets, had a top 10 hit with ‘Lines’. – Toured the USA with Foriegner and Charlie as a sound engineer 1979. – Joined The Foundations for a second time toured the UK and Europe , recording and television. – 1981 Joined the ‘Chance band’ and performed at many prestigious events including international(Switzerland,Hong Kong, Middle east, Cannes film festival,,) and ‘Royal’ occasions, i.e. Prince Andrews 21st at Windsor Castle, The Royal party Buckingham Palace,, many Castles, Stately homes,etc.- Concentrated on songwriting. Wrote and produced songs for the Japaneese market with Nikki Richards for RCA records. Top 20 hits with Tokio Rising and Hot Love. Founder member with Glen Turner of The Rough Diamonds band, a very successful sort after private function band.Spent much of the early 90’s based in Frankfurt and Koln. Gigs and recording in Germany inc. RTL television. John continues to today as an active allround musician playing with not only his favourite band Viva Santana but with an array of bands who need an experienced keyboard player and often shows up at jam sessions. John believes being able to ‘jam’ is essential to being a successful musician otherwise you would be better off collecting stamps or buying a fishing rod!! John is now also a teacher and lecturer of music in north london. The present. Composing new origonal material for Viva Santana and saving up for the next gig Favourite Santana track; Toussaint L’overture, fav album-Caravanserai fav film – Agfa. fav artist-Piss. Influences and favorite artists- The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, George Duke, B.B.King, John Martyn, Stevie Windwood, Gino Vannelli, George Benson, Bob James, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, Jackson Brown, Mose Allison, Tom Petty,Little Feat, Bob Dylan, J.S Bach, Noddy and Big Ears, Ant and Deck,London and North Eastern railway. Juan plays Roland RD100 piano, Yamaha P120 piano, Korg CX3 Organ,Korg Triton and T3 synthersizers, Kurzweil micro piano module, Roland SC 33 expander module, Casio AZ1 and Roland AX1 keytars, Korg 05R/W sound module. Mackie 1202 mixer and Studio Spares powered monitors for stage

COLIN DA SOUSA : BASS GUITAR solid backbone of the band is provided by the enigmatic Colin DaSousa. His rock solid Latino grooves and pounding bass lines are the heartbeat around which the VivaSantana sound is built.First discovered Santana at the 1970 Bath Blues festival at Shepton Mallet!Former Jackie Leven (Doll by Doll), Mike Harrison (Spooky Tooth), and Sour Grapes Bassist, Colin plays Patrick Eggle Milan 5 and Yamaha TRB5P basses through his thunderous Peavy Firebass rig.

EDDIE GUIRO : CONGAS/PERCUSSION / VOCALS Birmingham based,Having studied lat perc with Miguel anga diaz.I have been involved with many jazz funk/latin jazz bands. during the nineties played with Como-No, 12 peice salsa band,Headlining Ronnie Scotts Bham and London, Brecon jazz fest and touring South Africa. Arturo Sandoval Joined us for a two week showcase,the band sold out every night ! It was during this time Robin Jones also played with the Band.His influence and playingwere second to none, it was a pleasure to be involved with him.Currently I play percussionwith casey greens latin jazz band Quiver check them out on myspace.com/quiverlatinjazz.and with lavidasantana tribute band I play congas. I am also playing timbal with Alma Latina 7 peice Salsa/Boogaloo set up.(www.almalatina.co.uk) I also teach at fatback studios.I will be adding some of my recordings to this site soon. look out for some recordings and vids that i have to put here . they should be up and running in a few weeks (july 2009) Since summer 2009 i have been playing with hardcore jollies(myspace.com harcorejollies71) a bunch of taleneted musos, just pure funk with latin ryhtms and breaks. a great bunch of guys

ROLANDO GARCIA : BONGOS / PERCUSSION Original member Rolando has played and recorded with many different style bands in past. Back in the 80’s he was signed to AM Records with Jazz Funk band The UK players and had a No1 hit with “everybody get up”. Also toured with Marvin Gaye and spent time in the studio with Gloria Gaynor. Rolando has gigged up and down the country playing everything from small pubs and clubs to Hammersmith Odeon and Victoria Apollo in front of Stevie Wonder. Rolando has spent the last nine years playing in Spain and Portugal but is now back and adding that extra touch of colour to the Viva Santana sound.

“You guys have a lot of energy, so that’s great! That’s what a lot of music is, for me anyway. Sounds good, keep it up! cheers, and see you next time in the UK!”Benny Rietveld,Santana’s Bass Player

“Latin Rock overseas sounds alive and HOT! love your sound…keep the spirit alive”MALO, Jorge Santana’s band

“One of the Top 5 Tribute bands in the UK, a must see for all Santana fans”Classic Rock Magazine

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