The members of NuBambu are all seasoned musicians from the Chicago Salsa and Reggae scene. Dissatisfied with the constraints of their respective musical genres, these eight musicians have combined elements of Reggae and Salsa to create an original sound. The instrumentation consists of piano, congas and horns essential to Latin sounds as well as the drums & bass that are essential to the sound of Reggae. The band also includes three vocalists who strongly represent both musical traditions.Aside from being seasoned musicians, NuBambu is enriched by their cultural and ethnic DNA. While all band members reside in the United States, they come from various cultural backgrounds spanning all corners of the globe. The end result is a seamless blend of Reggae and Latin rhythms that create a unique musical experience.
With their multilingual conscious lyrics and stage presence, NuBambu easily engage audiences from all walks of life and creates a fascinating sound combining two traditional styles. Every song showcases the best of both world with distinctive beats and rhythms that electrify audiences eager for original music. NuBambu’s musicianship and wide range of cultural influences fuse together into an original Chi-town sound. Listeners can hear the influences of Reggae, Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue in songs that they have created.
At a time when there is a growing interest in contemporary and traditional musical fusions, NuBambu creates music in a style that is forward thinking without losing sight of where the music has come from.
Jason Matula: Bass -
Pete Zubinski: Piano, Keyboards -
Fred Rodriguez: Trumpet -
Rob Almaraz: Drums -
Ana Santos: Vocals -
Pete Maestro Vale: Congas -
Carol Macpherson: Trombone
Rob Zettl: Guitar