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Mambo Soul Jam! - Papa Was A Rollin Stone


MAMBO - a Bantu word meaning communication with the Gods
SOUL - The spiritual principle embodied in human beings

Passionate, Spirited, Latin-Fusion band Martin Franco’s Mambo Soul celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area with a conscious party vibe of Urban Salsa, Tropical Cumbia, Merengue, Reggaeton, Latin Rock, Latin Jazz, Heavy Funk and Roots Reggae, providing a spark of collective excitement for all their musical offerings.

A poly-Caribbean experience, Martin Franco’s Mambo Soul have their roots in Colombia and Cuba where Cumbia and Salsa Dura reign supreme, in New York City where the Boogaloo, Latin-Soul and Jazz of Fania-era Salsa reached a creative peak, in Santo Domingo and San Juan Puerto Rico where hard hitting Merengue and Salsa rock the nights, in Kingston Jamaica where Roots Reggae rules cool mon, and in California where psychedelic Latin Rock musicians Santana, War and Malo picked up on Jazz, Funk and Caribbean rhythms creating the original Latin jam bands. 

Martin Franco, a Colombian-American vocalist, saxophonist, and percussionist from New York City, synthesizes the classic styles of many Latino communities: Colombian, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Central and South American and Nuyorican creating a deep hybrid with American Funk, Classic Rock and Jamaican Reggae all played with a Jazzy Urban Latino twist.

Spanish-English Soulful bilingual vocals, backed by smokin' Guitar, Sax and Keyboard solos, Funky Drummer interludes and booty-shakin' Bass and Percussion jams keep everyone locked on the grooves whenever Martin Franco’s Mambo Soul play. 

For Private Parties, Festivals, Weddings, Clubs, Wineries, Corporate Events or Backyard Jams, Martin Franco’s Mambo Soul make your event a joyful and unforgettable experience. We work with you on all the details of your event and go the extra mile to provide you and your guests with exceptional service.  We cover all your entertainment needs - Duos, Trios, Quartet, Full Dance Band, DJ-Hybrid, Dance Lessons, and DJ. 

Mambo Soul's versatile repertoire includes hits by Santana, Sonora Dinamita, Bob Marley, Marc Anthony, James Brown, Tito Puente, The Isley Brothers, Elvis Crespo, The Grateful Dead and Miles Davis.  Members of Mambo Soul have performed with Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Grupo Niche, Stephanie Mills, El Chicano, Dr Loco, Kotoja and Kenny Burrell among others. 

‘Cus it’s ALL about
Peace, Love and Celebration!!
Paz, Amor y Fiesta!!!