The Matecito Latin Band was formed by Gerardo Torres after he returned to NZ from Peru in 2000. Before emigrating to NZ, Gerardo was a professional singer and entertainer in his homeland of Peru, working for more than 20 years with some of the best international Latin and Salsa bands. During his career as an entertainer, Gerardo has performed in front of many of Peru's diplomats and Presidents of his country.
After emigrating to NZ, Gerardo was introduced to local musician Brian Hodges, who was the leader of the Garden City Big Band at that time. Gerardo and Brian went on to form "Mambo Jambo", which was NZ's largest Latin Band at that time consisting of 14 members.
Gerardo realised that a smaller band would be a more affordable choice for regular gigs, so he also formed a 5 piece Latin Band which is made up of 5 members of the larger band. This smaller band is known as the 'Matecito Latin Band'. Both bands play a variety of Latin music including Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha cha cha and Latin Rock.
The 14 piece band has a unique live brass section, whereas the smaller band uses backing tracks for the brass. Gerardo also created a Latin trio known as the Candela Troupe, with three dancers/singers.
Ideal For: wedding dance, private party, corporate dance function, ball.