Lengaïa Salsa Brava
“These songs [from IMPACTO] will be a treat for your dancing feet and you’ll want to add them to your playlists” Social Dance community, USA
“In terms of artistic approach, the 11-piece orchestra firmly maintains its position in the hard salsa segment, with original compositions that are both bold, aggressive and innovative” [original quote: “En términos de enfoque artístico, la orquesta de 11 músicos mantiene firmemente su posición en el segmento de la salsa dura, con composiciones originales a la vez audaces, agresivas e innovadoras”] Hard Salsa Bogota, Colombia
Lengaïa Salsa Brava is a Montreal-based 11-pieces orchestra created in 2012 by Latin and Guyanese trombone player Giany-Frantz Huyghues-Despointes. Its orchestral format of three trombones and a baritone saxophone gives it a unique sound color by its powerful and its harmony.
Like its birthplace, Montreal, Lengaïa is multicultural: its members proceed from no less than 6 different countries: French Guiana, Colombia, Peru, Quebec, Spain, Venezuela.
Lengaïa has accompanied several international artists from the world of salsa such as: Yoko Mimata (2016), Ismael Rivera Jr (2017), and the singer of Fania All Stars, Ismael Miranda (2017) and collaborated with Jimmy Bosch as special guest on GOLD DIGGERS E.P in 2019. Lengaïa is the winner of the Canada Latin Awards in the “Salsa Group of the Year” category for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018.
Lengaïa has its musical residency at the Groove Nation in Montreal, where the orchestra performs every month, in addition to honoring several other perfomances throughout the year. The Toronto Salsa Festival, Montreal’s Nuit Blanche, Gatineau Karamel Festival, Fiesta Olympica at the Olympic Park, Colombia Festival, are part of the long and non-exhaustive list of activities in which the band has performed.
Awards and recognition
2019 Canada Latin Awards Winner in the “Best tropical song of the year” category
2018 (August) New Gen Salsa TOP 100 # 1 ranking for the song “Comedia del arte”
2018 Canada Latin Awards Winner in the “Salsa Orchestra of the Year” category
2017 Canada Latin Awards Winner in the “Salsa Orchestra of the Year” category
2016 Canada Latin Awards 2016 Nomination in the “Salsa Orchestra of the Year” category