When did the band first form?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] Summer of 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Who are the current members and what are their backgrounds?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] Judi Palmeira, Keyboards, vocals. Japanese/Portuguese/Hawaiian
George Demesillo, Bass, vocals. Filipino/Spanish/Hawaiian
Clarice Beanauro, back-up vocals. Filipino/Hawaiian
John Lundgren, Sax. American.
Ray Williams, Trumpet. Afro-American
Reggae. Congas, percussions. Afro-American
Lindy. Congas. American
"Bailando Merengue" (Ten Years Of Salsa)
What brought everyone together as one band?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] The Music that we play, the way people have supported the band throughout the many years in Hawaii.
How would you describe your music and playing style?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] A mixture of Contemporary-Latin-Afro-Cuban-Jazz-Salsa-Tropical...
As an individual my style is very International, and as a band we do have a very nice blend of musicians that help create the Salsa Hawaii sound!
What image do you think your music conveys?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] An image of happiness, uplifting, good for listening or dancing to latin music in Paradise!
Who are some of the other artists that you enjoy or draw inspiration from?
"Jammin' In Paradise" (Ahora)
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Chepito Areas, Kako, Nicky Marrero, Carlos Santana, Armando Peraza and others that are too numerous to mention.
Tell us about your CD releases?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] It has been a learning experience from the very first one, you always want your next one to be the best.
How many have you had?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] We currently have about 6 CD's available in different areas around the World
"Que Bonito" (Salsa Hawaii)
What is your latest like?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] I'm currently in the studio recording my next CD project of all original material,
How often do you play live, how can someone check out one of your shows?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] 2-3 times a month, and yes everyone is always welcome to our shows, concerts and or club dates, just contact us for local information at our E- mail address: Rolando@SalsaHawaii.com
How are your live shows different from listening to your CD?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] Not much, we try to always sound as clean and tight live as we do on our Cd's that really works well with our audiences as they enjoy the songs as they have heard them on radio or Cd's.
"Mambo Para Ti" (Ten Years Of Salsa)
What type of fans to you target/cater to?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] In my case, here in Honolulu it is so International that we do get to perform for people from all over the planet. I would love for my music to be heard and appreciated by everyone that gets the chance to hear it.
Now that Latin music has become a staple genre in terms of
popularity, where does your group fit in?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] I have been playing and performing Latin music of all the different styles since the early 1970's, so all the influences of the times have molded my music to fit right in the styles that currently popular with audiences worldwide.
"Ahora" (Ten Years of Salsa)
In what ways are you promoting your music?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] Many ways, concerts, radio, TV. magazines and live interviews.
How do you use the Internet to promote your music?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] I use as a tool to let and share with everyone in the Internet families our music, our band and our Aloha!
"Cielito Lindo" (Ahora)
What difficulties have you encountered as an independent band?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] 1. Having legal representation.
2. Getting a decent and honest recording contract and or agreement.
3. Dealing with all types of Managersa and Booking agents and so on...
What does the future hold for your band?
[Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii] Im looking forward to the completion of my new CD "HONOLULU TROPICAL" hopefully by the summer 2004. and to be able to continue to share my music with everyone!
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