Sarambe – Afro-Peruvian Rhythms

Afro-Peruvian Rhythms project led by Giorgio Rojas


Brothers Giorgio and Valeri Rojas were born into a musical family, Giorgio started playing cajon from the age of three and performed with his family’s Canberra based, Award winning band, Mi Tierra all over Australia. He graduated on Drums in 2005, at the Australian National University and since then he has played with an impressive list of artists and as a regular touring party member of the theatrical dance show Burn the Floor. Valeri plays the bass with the family band and joins Giorgio for the first time with Sarambe, on their unique take of Afro-Peruvian Rhythms; Juan Carlos Rios, mainstay member of pioneering latin group Papalote and integral part of the Musica Viva project has been performing in Australia since around 1980, he was musical director for the ‘References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot’ play and performs with different local bands including Armandito y su Trovason, El Orqueston, Cumana and Musica Linda among others; Julio Candela, has been performing for the Elenco Municipal de Musica Afro at Callao, Perú, since he was a kid. He has performed as an Afro Peruvian Percussionist and zapateador at the Afro Latino Festival 2012, Maritime Museum in Sydney and currently plays the conga for Sensación Latina.

Special Guests


Yoli Denmon
born in Lima, Peru, currently based in Melbourne, started singing as a backing vocalist with the emblematic Afro-Peruvian ensemble ‘PERU NEGRO’ and travelled as part of their USA tour line up in 2005 and 2006. Yoli has performed around the world and since arriving in Melbourne in 2013 she has performed as a singer and percussionist with her group ‘Tutuma Sessions’ and she is also one of the founding members of CANTO ALMA, a group of female singers & musicians who play homage to the cultural heritage of Latin America with sophisticated vocal arrangements, impeccable musicianship and an exquisite mise-en-escene. Yoli will fly from Melbourne to join Sarambe as a vocalist/percussionist for a unique and exclusive performance.

Richard Valdez
Originally from Trujillo, Perú, Richard Valdez has spent 14 years developing his unique vocal style and sound, whilst working full time as a singer before coming to Sydney in 2009. Here he has quickly become known in the music scene for his distinctive and powerful voice and dynamic stage performance. Richard has been singing with most of the salsa and afro Cuban bands around Sydney as well as working on afro Peruvian music projects. You can see him perform as a solo artist, with El Orqueston, Mucho Mambo, Malo Malo and other music music projects at the best music venues in Australia and he will make a guest appearance for this unique Sarambe performance.

Tina Harris
Tina Harris is a bassist playing across all styles, with a special interest in Cuban Salsa, Latin and Funk. She has played in theater and cabaret, as musical director for the original Australian production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Smoke and Mirrors, she has played for The Rocky Horror Show, Rent and other main stage productions and most recently Sweet Charity at the Hayes Theater. She is the musical director of 12 piece Cuban Salsa band ‘El Orqueston’ and her original jazz funk fusion project, Delicatessen.