Candela is an nine-piece Salsa band consisting of piano, bass, two trombones, conga drums, bongo drums, timbales and vocals. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. Candela’s original repertoire explores a wide variety of Latin rhythms including Son, Bolero, Mambo, Cha-cha-ch√°, Merengue, and the more contemporary Timba, combined with a touch of Jazz, which make the band enjoyable for dancers as well as listeners. The band is also versatile in instrumental Latin Jazz.
In 1990, Candela recorded their first album entitled “Ilusiones”, which has been released by the Orfeo label in Uruguay. Candela’s second CD, (first in the U.S.A) “Madre Rumba, Padre Son” for “Pan Caliente Records” has been released in December 1999 and is available at all major music stores.
Candela has performed at the Benny More Salsa Festival (Havana, Cuba), Budweiser Fest (Guam), Festival at the Lake, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Carnival, Fillmore Street Fair, Jazz in the City Summer Series, City Celebration Summer Series, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, live on Fog City Radio and at numerous Bay Area clubs including Yoshi’s, Kimbal’s East, Mr E’s, Cafe Cocomo, El R√≠o, Cocoanut Grove and Fuel 44 among many others.
“Blessed with a clear tenor voice sometimes compared to that of Ruben Blades, Edgardo delivers an outstanding vocal performance”. The best of the Bay, Bay Guardian, San Francisco.
“Salsa with an Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican and New Yorkan flavor, all in one Band!!” Good Times, Santa Cruz.
“Edgardo puts on quite a show singing ‘inspiraciones’ with superb tonality and never loosing his ‘tumbao’ on the congas”. Jessie “Chuy” Varela, Program Director of KCSM, Latin Beat Magazine Writer, San Francisco