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Jorge Fuentes

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YOCHO Band

YOCHO Band The New Orleans’ Salseros 

By Jorge Fuentes 

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The creation of the salsa band Yocho took place in New Orleans like many things tend to happen around here: by coincidence.

Th e band was formed two years ago by a group of friends who are all fans of Latin music. Some of its members had visited Colombia recently and had discovered salsa music, so they decided to form a band to expand their love for this genre. All seven members use an alias name, which is interesting. Their founder, who goes by Gigante, says that once they realized they had a strong interest in common, putting the band together resulted very organically.

The peculiar name for the band comes from the counting of times, in Spanish, before the music starts (and one, and two, and three), or something like that. They prefer to leave that name, and their own names, in the murkiness of legend.

What we know clearly is their love for playing and creating music from their own point of view, but without getting too far from the established patterns. And the dancing public supports them, since they have fans who follow them faithfully each time they play live.

During a recent radio interview, they presented their first original song, titled “Marisma,” in which, according to Grillo the vocalist, “we try to illustrate the tension in love before the moments of tenderness.” But it’s not a tender song, it’s rather a rush of energy typical of young age.

Their immediate plans include several gigs around the city and a festival in June. Yocho wants to keep on playing and creating music that brings joy to people. 

More information about Yocho Band is available on their Facebook page at facebook.com/yochoband

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Publisher's Note

We are beyond excited to feature Amanda Shaw on our June cover!

We love everything Amanda represents. Not many people are aware of her Latin heritage, and it’s hard to know about it from seeing her performances on stage and to see her love and amazing showcase of Louisiana’s music. So, it’s hard to imagine someone who is such a Louisiana icon grew up partaking in Guatemalan cultural traditions.

Featuring Amanda Shaw on Viva NOLA is a dream come true! It is individuals like her who represent exactly what we are trying to convey.

We are part of and love Louisiana. We enjoy its culture while also embracing our Latin heritage. We utilize our talents and skills to contribute to making our home a better place, and we serve as ambassadors of this region wherever we go.

This is what VIVA NOLA Magazine celebrates--a connection of cultures and communities. And who better than Amanda Shaw to perfectly tell the story of many of us who call New Orleans and Louisiana home.

Thank you, Amanda for opening your heart and sharing your story with us. You definitely make us proud!

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