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Orlando Ortiz & Karibe Mambo - "Marcame El Pasito"
Here we have my buddy Orlando Ortiz former lead singer of the New Swing Sextet who is now doing his own thing with his new group Karibe Mambo. His first single "Marcame El Pasito" will definitely fill the dance floors all around the Salsa Nations.
Orlando sent me two promos which he composed and I had a hard time deciding which track I should use for my review. Both tracks are awesome and this being so I can't wait until I get my copy of the his new CD "At Full Swing". They're currently working on a CD release party to be held in New York City sometime in April.
I highly recommend this CD and this is a definite add to your Salsa collection.
Yo DJs wake up and don't fall asleep on this hot production.
Reviewed By: DJ Walter B Nice for NewGenSalsa.
Director & Lead Vocal: Orlando Ortiz
Percussionist & Music Director : Marcos “Kilo” Torres
Electric, Acoustic, 12 string Guitars: Marcos Torres Sr.
Piano: Natanael Molina
Bass: Danny Torres
Percussionist: Marcos Lopez
Percussionist: Nelson Bello
Flute: Kalani Trinidad
1st Trombone: Jose “Bimbo” Cruz
2ndTrombone: Jose Maunez
Orlando Ortiz’s Bio
Having never studied music, rhythm was in Orlando’s blood since his first heartbeat. Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, his family later migrated to the South Bronx. It was here, in one of New York’s ‘Little Puerto Rico’s,’ that his younger brother came into the world and perhaps his musical destiny as well. His family’s apartment on 139th Street and Brook Avenue shared the block with the main concert spot for Latino performers – the famed Teatro Puerto Rico. The Latino musicians attracted by the Teatro Puerto Rico are the same musicians that shaped the Latino music scene of New York today. Though he did not stay in the Bronx’s musical hub, the destined musician inside of Orlando Ortiz never left.
Moving back to Carolina, Puerto Rico, Orlando Ortiz once again found himself surrounded by musical influences. As a young boy he had many childhood friends, one of whom was Richie, son of the salsa legend Cheo Feliciano. He spent many lazy afternoons just listening to Cheo practice his music, in his youthful naivety he could not really comprehend at the time that he was in the midst of a musical great who would later become one of his idols. As fate would also have it, that same Carolina neighborhood Orlando grew up in was home to numerous other Latino music celebrities such as Jose Nogueras and Edgardo Morales of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
Orlando’s home life was also no exception to his musical fate. While many of his friends were content playing outdoors, Orlando preferred to stay inside where the ‘real’ fun was. All twelve of his mother’s siblings, along with several of his friends and cousins, were musicians whether by hobby or church choir. Often times people would come by the house of Orlando’s Grandmother thinking they stumbled upon a party, but it was only his family, enjoying music and good food like they would any other weekend. Silence was rare amid the excited guitar plucking and singing. With so much music coming at the young Orlando Ortiz from every angle, his desire to be a part of it was only amplified. And, as fate would have it, in ninth grade he found himself singing on stage with a live band and dancers for the first time.
Orlando moved to the United States in search of a better future and started his music opportunities in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. His love for music, especially La Salsa, as Orlando so eloquently refers to it, has become his passion and ultimately his career.
Orlando is very proud that Puerto Rico has brought salsa to the forefront on a worldwide frontage. However, in addition to his passion for singing he enjoys cooking and baseball, he is a Chef and a Culinary Arts Instructor, also finding time to coach a travel little league team.
With new opportunities evolving in his career, Orlando relocated his family to Connecticut/New York area, where he formed a Salsa Band by the name of Karibe Mambo in 2005. His band members are made up of an ensemble of seasoned musicians who have played in some of the best musical groups in the Northeast region and all over the world. On stage, they project a powerful and energetic sound, specializing in Caribbean music: Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha and Bolero. When Karibe Mambo performs many find it difficult to keep still, since they are first and foremost a dance band.
Karibe Mambo is not just your average group playing instruments on a stage, they are entertainers that will keep you engaged in the performance, tapping your feet, clapping your hands, and before you know it, moving your body to the spicy beats. Orlando’s musical passion is fueled by an excited audience, which Karibe Mambo fans know all too well. Though Karibe Mambo is in the Latin music genre, their fan base boasts an audience of various ethnic backgrounds, coming together to share a good time with good music.
Although the band is small, the statement “great things come in small packages,” definitely applies. Orlando Ortiz & Karibe Mambo Orchestra is well known in the New York Tri-State area and you can catch them at the major festivals, night clubs and private functions.
Adding to Orlando’s musical resume, he was also a member of the 2009 Grammy nominated band, The New Swing Sextet where he was the lead vocal for 2 years (2009-2011). He left NSS to channel his focus and energy on Karibe Mambo. Karibe Mambo has brought more luck to his side, allowing him to collaborate artistically on his upcoming album with producer Willy Torres, his music director Marcos ‘Kilo’ Torres, and executive producer Henry Knowles, as well as amazingly talented guest artists Bobby Allende, and Richie Bastar in a special tribute to his late father and Orlando’s friend, the great Kako Bastar. Fortune continues to smile down upon Orlando, blessing him with a band of incredible professional musicians, many of whom have relocated to the tri-state New York area after completing their educations at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. With his team of talented musicians, Orlando is continuously preoccupied with the major and minor details of the band and the quality of our music. To some this may be considered as “work”, but for him it’s something he enjoys and loves doing.
Orlando’s humility shines through as he constantly gives thanks to God for blessing him with his natural talent, and the opportunities he has been given to share his gift and passion with the rest of the world. He gives many thanks to his family, especially his beautiful wife Melissa for her support and understanding throughout his journey. He also expresses gratitude for his fellow musicians and band members for recognizing his passion, together making his journey easier, possible, and enjoyable. To Orlando, life is a blessing,