Day of The Dead Afro-Latin Festival

Los Chavos proudly present the 4th edition of the

Day of The Dead Afro-Latin Festival!

6pm - Friday November 6th @ Teatro Vivaldi (ANU)

4pm - Saturday November 7th @ Croatian Club (TURNER)

Over two nights in November, Canberra will be treated to a stellar line-up of musicians & dancers from around the country who come together to showcase the deep cultural links that unite Latin America and Africa.

United under the theme of the 3000 year old Mexican tradition of “Day of the Dead” which celebrates friends and family members who have departed - the weekend is divided into two separate and unique nights:

November 6th - Friday – Acoustica!

Friday night will be a night dedicated to the human voice and the melodic vibes of the guitar; hosted in the intimate Teatro Vivaldi at the ANU campus.

A sit down evening of acoustic Afro-Latin music and poetry headlined by the Oscar Jimenez Trio and a host of local artists, poets and musicians. This will be an over 18+ event and is an intimate and special way to prepare and reflect for the festivities the next day. Born and Raised in Colombia, and best known as the front man of the ARIA nominated Latin Rock band WATUSSI, Oscar is an experienced performer of many styles whose music is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey. From Caribbean and South American traditional songs to reggae, funk and Latin jazz with a modern tip

Listen to his music here:

View a video of Oscar in amazing acoustic mode here:

November 7th - Saturday - Fiesta!

Saturday will be an all ages fiesta from the early afternoon well into the night that will be focused on the dance and the power of the drum. With arts and craft stalls, food stalls, face painting and DJs, the night will be sure to exceeded previous editions with our most ambitions line-up so far. 

Joining the latin ska of locals Los Chavos on stage will be the amazing Keyimba, Australian’s leading West African band, Amaru Tribe’s amazing blend of Andean & Caribbean music, a rare and unique show by Melbourne’s Afro-Brazilian percussion and dance group Esterla Du Mar and a special masked performance from Sydney’s Bolivian dance troupe Sabor Boliviano. Closing out of the line up is the local latin fusion group FunkyTrop and the multicultural reggae vibes of Jambalaya.

To see some of the bands and talent we will be bringing check the videos below:

Maracatu Estrala Du Mar:



We are very excited to be presenting some groups that have never performed together in Australia before and who have never been seen in Canberra. We hope to provide a platform for the audience to have a unique cultural encounter that exposes them to the powerful musical and dance traditions forms these parts of the world.

Proudly supported by ANCLAS, BMA Magazine and Canberra YHA.

Pre-purchase tickets here:


WHAT: Live bands, dance performance, food & craft stalls, face-painting + more


6pm - Friday November 6th @ Teatro Vivaldi (ANU)

4pm - Saturday November 7th @ Croatian Club (TURNER)


Two day celebration of the culture that unites Latin America & Africa

Amaru Tribe (Melb) -
A new tribe emerges from Melbourne’s vibrant and artistic music scene. Blending elements of Andean folk with energetic Afro-latin rhythms and electric sounds, the band sing soulful and uplifting original songs to tell the story of their colourful cultures.

Keyimba (Sydney) -
With a rhythm section born in West Africa, this brilliant 8 piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk and rap to West African grooves. Led by the ever charismatic, Sibo Bangoura from Guinea, the group has enormous energy, giving tradition a modern twist that never fails to fill the dancefloor.
KEYIM BA brings together several of Australia's best West African musicians, taking audiences on an exciting musical journey, celebrating a vibrant and colourful culture.

Maracatu Estela Do Mar (Melbourne) -
Maracatu Estrela do Mar is a Melbourne-based Afro-Brazilian percussion group that plays Maracatu de Baque Virado and other rhythms from the north-east of Brazil*. Translated to English as Star Fish, our name came from a famous Estrela Brilhante song called: Horizonte. We think of the starfish as an inspiration for the culture and influences that have traveled from Africa to Brazil and onwards to Australia and beyond. We are proud to represent such a rich culture here.

Jambalaya (Sydney) -
"Jambalaya" comes from the Provençal word 'jambalaia', meaning a mish mash or mixup … It was an attempt by the Spanish to make paella in the New World … spices from the Caribbean changed this New World paella into a unique dish …
The band is a real mish mash of nationalities joined Together As One on a beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia by One Love of reggae music.
With an Ugandan front man, Chilean bass player, Polish drummer, Nepalese keyboard player, Japanese guitarist, Kiwi percussionist and guest appearances from Jamaican, African, Brazilian and Australian musicians and whatever other "ingredients" are available in their musical kitchen at the time, they are cookin' a truly unique dish.

Is a new and exciting (7) piece latin orchestra formed at Canberra in 2013. The band consists of experienced musicians and looks to bring some of the most savoury and tasty latin music from different parts of the globe to the Australian public. FunkyTrop is heavily influenced by Afro-Cuban rhythms and Latin music. The groups instrumentation includes Drums, Congas and minor percussion. The melody is supported by Piano, Bass, Sax, Trumpet, and Electric Guitar. The vocals are covered by Colombian born brothers Sergio and Nelson Castro.

Date & time

Fri 06 Nov 2015, 12am – Sat 07 Nov 2015, 12am


6pm - Friday November 6th @ Teatro Vivaldi (ANU) 4pm - Saturday November 7th @ Croatian Club (TURNER)


Claudia Villegas


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