SALSA DIRECT - THE No. 1 UK SALSA
& LATIN MUSIC BAND & DANCE AGENCY
Supplier of Latin dancers and musicians to BBC Strictly Come Dancing
Based in London, but with groups countrywide, Salsa Direct is the UK's premier specialist agency for authentic Mexican Mariachi bands, salsa bands and latin music groups and musicians of all Latin American styles.
Whether you are looking for Mexican Mariachi bands, Cuban / Colombian Salsa, Dominican Merengue, Spanish Flamenco or Gipsy Kings, Argentinian Tango through to the old Havana Buena Vista Cuban 'Son' sound, Peruvian Panpipes, Brazilian Samba with Carnival dancers, Latin-Pop, Latin-Jazz, or very much more that you may not yet have heard of - we have the lot!
We also supply Latin dancers, Brazilian carnival dancers, Salsa / Merengue / Tango / Lambada / Reggaeton / Bachata dance shows / cabaret, and dance teachers / instructors and Latin DJ's, in a wide range of styles: from steamy Cuban to exotic Carnival in Rio Brazilian dancers with feather headdresses, traditional Mexican Hat Dancers, sultry Tango, Latin Ballroom, South American Folk dancers - even fiery Caribbean Limbo, and the Mexican mariachi bands to create a fiesta or latest Gangnam dance craze too, all in full authentic costume.
Established for 14 years, we are based in London, UK, but supply our artistes internationally, as far as Dubai, Jordan, Lithuania, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, even South Africa and South America.
Here at Salsa Direct, we know the strengths and specialities of all our personally-vetted acts, and will give you a carefully tailored selection of the acts we believe to be the most suitable for your event, be it a private party, a wedding, a festival, or a high profile TV advertising campaign or international product launch.
Our bands and dancers are based throughout the UK, so we always aim to find you the most suitable local act, to keep prices down. We have the largest up-to-date roster of specialist Latin artistes of any of the UK's agencies, and we regularly supply all the other major Agents and Event or Function Planners who come to us for our vast knowledge of Latin American culture, and of the suitability of an act for any specific event.
So if you have found Salsa Direct, you are cutting out the middle man!
We also have a huge ideas-bank (including decor and catering) to help you to make your theme night the most imaginative and successful one ever!
Whether you want a hot and spicy full-on dance night, a crazy Mexican Mariachi Fiesta, or a laid back cool jazzy reception, we have the very thing for you.
Some of the Events that we have supplied for:weddings
christenings, funerals and marriage vow renewals
clubs/ bars (Cafe de Paris, La Floridita, Bar Salsa, Revolution Bars nationwide, Havana, Cuba, Down Mexico Way etc)
restaurants (Oxo tower, the Roof Gardens, Trader Vic's - Hilton, Latin Square, Cafe Royale etc)
Hotels (Savoy, Hilton, Crowne Plaza, Sheraton, Kempinski etc)
Function venues (Vinopolis, One Embankment, London Aquarium, Tower Bridge, Natural History Museum, castles, National Trust venues, G-Casino's etc)
shopping centres (Whiteleys, Lakeside Thurrock, Bullring, Highcross Leicester etc)
shop promotions (HMV, Harrods, Debenhams, World Duty Free Heathrow, Gatwick Airports, Manchester, Birmingham, London City, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle Airports etc)
product launches (Brugal Rum, Bacardi, Havana Club, Corona, Old el Paso, Doritos etc)
corporate events (Legal & General, HSBC, Vodaphone, Financial Times etc)
conferences (Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Nicaragua Solidarity campaign)
political rallies/campaigns (Labour Party, Lib-Dem, Marxist, Trades Union rally )
Award Ceremonies/ Charity Fundraiser Events (VSO, FNZ, Diabetes UK, Lupus, Cancer Research Moonwalk etc)
staff training / team building events
holiday camps (eg Butlins)
cruise lines (Fred Olsen, Royal Caribbean, Fjord Line)
Strictly Latin / Ballroom/Come Dancing nights
TV programs (Strictly Come Dancing, Generation Game, Off Their Rockers, CBBC Marrying Mum and Dad, Graham Norton show, ITV Lord Lucan Drama, BBC drama: By Any Means, Hollywood film "Red 2", Channel 4, BBC: Happiness/My Family/ Alexei Sayle etc)
Festivals and Arts centres: (Womad, One World, The National Theatre, and throughout Europe )
OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
2014 has been a manically busy year for Salsa Direct, as the FA World Cup kicked off and seemingly every business and family party spontaneously erupted into Brazilian football fever, all requiring a Brazilian Samba band and dancers! We have also been sending Mexican Mariachi and salsa and Brazilian bands and dancers to places as far flung as the Caribbean and Norway (Fred Olsen cruises), the Kempinski hotel Kuwait, Kaunas - Lithuania, and the Crowne Plaza Bahrain (who we have supplied with New Year entertainment regularly). Above all, 2014 has seen us sending Mexican Mariachi bands daily to every kind of event imaginable, following the success of a certain Mexican TV advert which has raised the public demand for Mariachi music by 1000 per cent. Our mariachi bands have performed on buses, on the tube, on TV and film, at weddings and parties, office boardroom meetings, awards ceremonies, festivals, as a surprise at romantic marriage proposal dinners, and even popping up in a field in the countryside!
They have also performed at a chain of Holiday Parks all around the UK, bringing pleasure and fun to thousands this Spring and Summer.
We coined the idea of the "Mariachi-gram" or "Tequila-gram" where you can book a Mariachi band to arrive at your door and sing your favourite song, even presenting a bouquet of flowers, which has been ordered from as far away as Dubai!
We supplied a Cuban band for the Hollywood Blockbuster film "Red 2" filmed partly in the UK, featuring our very own Yambu band on set with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich and a huge list of other film stars. Our Mariachi Tequila band has been on TV many times this year, both for comedy sketches, and a more serious ITV Lord Lucan drama. We supplied a Salsa band to play for Sunetra Sarker (of Casualty fame) and Brendan to learn Salsa to, on the BBC's Strictly series, a Caribbean Steel pan band to the Children's BBC programme "Marrying Mum and Dad", and sent our showstopping Chinese Lion dancers to the Chinese New Moon festival celebrations at Manchester airport. We also sent a Brazilian band to the Bahrain Grand Prix, and supplied Mexican and Latino musicians for many advertising shoots and TV campaigns, including for Citroen.We also programme Latin bands for many of the "Revolution" Latin bars all around the UK.
We have 17 NEW carefully vetted Latin and other bands added to our books this year distributed throughout the UK, from Scotland, Yorkshire, Manchester, Leeds, Hertfordshire, London, Kent and the South West, so regular clients of Salsa Direct can try something new! Due to demand from one of our repeat clients, we have now also added a Korean harpist and drum group, Chinese Lion dancers and acrobats, a tango music duo, A fun Mariachi band playing entirely English pop songs, an African Senegalese Kora player, and Nigerian dancers to our books.
STOP PRESS...... We still have some availability of acts for this year's Christmas /New Year in various regions of the UK and abroad, and Valentines Day 2015 is already getting busy - contact us now to discuss your needs!
Without doubt, our most popular act this year is Mariachi Tequila band performing either traditional music or English Pop sons in Mexican Mariachi style - they have delighted everything from weddings, birthdays and even a funeral wake.
Closer to home, we had the following great feedback:
Thanks so much for arranging the Mariachi Tequila band for my birthday on Saturday. They were absolutely FANTASTIC! Everyone loved them and I can definitely say that they "made" the party. Thanks again for everything!
Lucy Brown | Avonwick Group , November 2014
Mariachi Tequila were absolutely fantastic - everyone loved them! Thank you so much! They played for us outside in the sunshine with everyone dancing in the street - amazing! Lots of my guests asked me where I found them and I will definitely recommend them to others... Thanks again
Gemma Neath, May 2014
Just wanted to thank the band for a great time at my daughters Wedding in Beccles on Sunday night. The guys rocked the place and everyone was impressed with the quality and entertainment given.
Many thanks again,
Gary Gibbs, October 2014
Mariachi Tequila were just brilliant!! Our wedding guests loved them and were talking about them for days afterwards! The manager, Nina, was lovely and contacted me immediately if i had any concerns or queries, i would definitely book them again, thank you so much!
Frances Dodds August 2014
I just wanted to send a follow up email to thank Andalus band so much for coming to perform at our event on Wednesday evening. I have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from everybody on the event and their playing, which was a beautiful accompaniment to the surroundings and suited the drinks reception perfectly. A number of people have said how much they enjoyed the music and wanted me to pass on their compliments and thanks. I will certainly keep you in mind for any future events I am organising and hope to book them again soon.
Laura Chandler, Morgan Stanley August 2014
Mariachi Tequila band were absolutely brilliant, and set off the feel good factor with the guests immediately. Weather was perfect and the music was outstanding. I can't speak highly enough of the band, they were very accommodating and played an excellent mix of songs, they also mingled with our guests serenading people. It was beyond brilliant. Thank you to all of the band, and to yourselves. Everything went so well. Please pass on once again our deep felt thanks to the band, they were absolutely amazing, and made everyone feel so happy on our wedding day! I want another event now so I can book them again! :) Warmest regards
Nicholas & Lynsey, June 2014
We just arrived from the honeymoon :) The Latin Fiesta band was amazing!!! They arrived early and I made sure they had their drinks and food. They really made the party! Everyone was on their feet dancing! They were very personal and remembered our names and even dedicated a song to my parents which I loved! We really really enjoyed them and would recommend them to everyone wanting a latin flair to their party. Thank you again very very much for your help!
Daniela, May 2014
Fantastic Band, Mariachi Tequila, brought something special and unique to our Trade show!! thanks again, will look forward to seeing them back at MKM Norwich!
Gavin Lloyd-Thompson - MKM Building Supplies, May 2014
We have just returned from honeymoon & wanted to drop you a line to say thanks so much for the band's performance at our wedding. All of our guests said what a wonderful surprise it was, and how different & fresh. Thank you for doing exactly as we wanted and much more. The whole experience has been very professional & we would happily recommend you to friends in the future. We had the perfect day & the bands involvement really added to this. Best wishes
Neil & Jo Whitman, March 2014
We had a wonderful wedding day and Mariachi Tequila went down a storm with all our guests. Everyone absolutely loved the band and they brought such a joyful presence to our drinks reception.. They were great as they allowed people to have photos with them and wear their sombreros which was a lovely touch. The service your whole company had provided has been excellent and I have already passed your name to a few people who were interested in the band so I hope you get further business from us. Thank you once again,
Nicola Dowell, Sept 2013
The event was BRILLIANT thank you. The Mariachi Tequila guys did extremely well with the random locations and set up. Luckily we were blessed with a gloriously sunny day, and it was so much fun. As the day went on, the performances were more and more lively (as our group got more and more lively!!). The final performance in the pub was a riot. Everyone was dancing around in the sunshine, and the locals thought it was brilliant and got involved. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a fun addition to an event. Thanks for all your help.
Sarah Frankham | Anomaly August 2013
The band where absolutely sensational. Franco and his Mariachi Tequila group looked fabulous, there costumes were amazing. Their timing to join the party was perfect as my husband had just got over the shock of realising he was having a party when from outside the courtyard the band struck up. Everyone looked towards the gate as in strolled our 4 musicians, singing & playing their wonderful instruments. They joined in brilliantly with the party, playing for the children to dance for them and generally having a lot of fun with us. Everyone was dancing and singing, we had such an amazing night.
Mariachi Tequila most definitely made John's party, all the calls we received all commented on the amazing band & how they made it the party of the year !!!!
I will definitely be recommending your company and hopefully a reason will arise so we can hire Franco and his group again.
Cheryl Coyle, Sept 2013
Mojito were just excellent at my wedding last July in Scotland. I spent nearly an entire year trying to find an authentic Latin American band that could play at weddings and get a crowd going and it was seriously hard work - everything was too cheesy, too big or too hard to find out what the band actually sounded like. I gave up and tried to find a normal "wedding band" but I just couldn't bring myself to book one so thank goodness I found Mojito. On the night they were fantastic. Slick, professional and excellent musicians - exactly what I wanted. They had everyone up dancing the entire time and everyone commented on how good they were and how nice it was to see a Cuban/Latin American band at a wedding - it's something really different but still a crowd-pleaser. My Dad, who is a musician of Latin American musician and didn't like all my previous choices, really liked these guys and was impressed by them as individual musicians. I really recommend them, they are professional, a lot of fun and they really know their stuff. Book them!
Carmel Wiggins, East Lothian July 2013
I just wanted to thank you for all you and your team did on Wednesday night - I really liked the atmosphere. Which leads me to the Sarabanda band. I thought the sound was very good - nicely loud and even better than hearing them on their web site. All of us thought they were just right - please thank them on our behalf
Ann Cadogan June 2013
Please can you thank Yambu for last night, they were absolutely amazing and I now cannot recommend them highly enough. Everyone absolutely loved them and they really made the evening! Please do pass on our huge thanks to them, they could not have been better!
Alice Strange, June 2013
Please accept my apologies for taking such a long time to email you - the week has just whizzed by! I wanted to thank Andalus for appearing at our awards event last week and helping us deliver the "fiesta" feel! It was a pleasure to meet them and they gave a great set. Thanks also to you for setting this up at very short notice. I do hope we can work together again in the future.
Jayne Davies , June 2013
Thank you so much for arranging the lovely lovely Coco Xpress band and their dancers for our PTA night. They were all great - so glad we kept the dancers as they got everyone up on their feet early on and were brilliant. Thanks ever so much and please pass on our gratitude to the band too.
Cath Cookson, June 2013
I've got to say, Mariachi Tequila were absolutely fantastic. They were such nice people and fulfilled every expectation. They are highly worthy of all recommendations, and I will passing their details to everybody who inquires. Thank you very much for your assistance and co-operation.
Dan Dockerill, May 2013
I just wanted to drop you a quick email with regards to Saturday night. The band were absolutely fantastic! Beyond all our expectations. They were without a doubt the highlight of Jims evening! He kept saying to me "I can't believe I have a mariachi band at my party!" They even indulged a certain 40 somethings dream of singing with them! The service from start to finish has been fantastic, thank you so much for all of your help.
Gail Verveniotis, April 2013
I just wanted to write a note to say a big thank-you for all of your help with arranging Solid Steel band at such short notice for the wedding this Saturday, and so far from their base, to Wales! I'm sure you've heard, but it all went really well - their music was great and the entertainment was a real highlight of the day!! We ended the entertainment with all the guests doing the conga around the glass house, which was a lot of fun! Please pass on our thanks to the band.
Sarah Cook, February 2013
Thank you for the outstanding performances on Saturday night at our event at The Savoy. Feedback was excellent with some fabulous compliments on the music and the dancing. Please thank Debbie and the dance team - and also the Coco Xpress salsa band - you met my expectations and I was delighted with the performances. I loved the DJ and was sorry that I got tied up with guests and wasn't able to talk to him. I will certainly keep your details and contact you in future.
Angie Stuart,Fresh Produce Consortium, Feb 2013
I would just like to thank you and Salsa Direct for your providing a such an enjoyable night at our wedding. The communication has been exceptional and the band Mariachi Tequila are the real deal! The music and performance was so much fun, everyone is still talking about it. Please pass our thanks to the band once again. Kind regards,
Alison & Phil, April 2013
All I can say is that the band (Latin Fiesta) was fantastic! They quite made the party, and I would book them again like a shot. Please pass on my thanks for a great evening.
Andrew Onslow, QC, Feb 2013
Our promotional day went very well indeed. Jieun (Korean Harpist) is a credit to you and just like before she was very well received by both Managers and the passengers. Her music is sublime and she is such a lovely lady that we are all very fond of her now and treat her as one of our family. Please pass on our thanks to her.
Paul Baker, Gatwick Operations Manager Travel Retail, Sept 2012
"Thanks again - outstanding service from Salsa Direct"
Richie Mateo, April 2012
"I just wanted to say thank you to Coco Xpress and dancers for performing at the Showzam Festival Carnival Ball last night at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. It was great to have everybody up dancing so early and throughout the night."
Sarah Rowland, Showzam Carnival Committee, February 2010
" Thanks so much for a wonderful band (Soneando). They were great and everyone since has said how fantastic they were. I am sure you will get some work from some of my friends. I will be in touch next time we have a party."
Martin Lloyd-Elliott, October 2009
"Just writing with feedback of the day. Coco Xpress took us on a fascinating musical journey through Latino rhythms from classic to modern salsa and merengue, quickly building up a natural and vibrant rapport with the audience that was both uplifting and highly energised with an irresistible dance beat. Wonderful performance that was not so much a concert as a party."
Clive Bell, Horniman Museum Gardens (2nd August 2009) )
"Just a brief note to let you know that we had a great time on Friday night. The Band (Coco Xpress) was excellent and everyone said it was the best Ball we had ever had. Everyone danced it seemed the whole time. The DJ was excellent too. I'm sure we will be using them again in the future. Thank you very much for looking after us"
Alexandra Daniell, Chairman Anglo Argentine Society (Oct 2008)
"Just wanted to say thanks to yourself and Latin Fiesta band for Sunday night, the evening was a great success and the music and dancing was brilliant. You have provided us with consistently excellent salsa bands, we will come back to you again.
Isla, Manager, Barney's Bar & Restaurant, (September 09)
"Just wanted to say a big thank you for the booking this afternoon at RHS Harlow Carr - the band "La Tinto" was excellent and feedback was fantastic."
Victoria Appleby, Events Assistant, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate (September 09)
"I just wanted to tell you that we had a great night at Folkestone Arts Centre and COCO XPRESS band were amazing. We don't get Salsa Bands down to Folkestone very often, but it was great to show my students what a pleasure it really is to dance to a live band. The band were friendly, and obviously love to play music, It was great to have real Latin Salsa. I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed the evening. Please could you pass this email onto the band."
Sharon Perez (June 2009)
"Just a quick note to say Latin Fiesta were ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! My guests loved them, they made the party, so professional setting up, honestly can praise highly enough! Thanks so much for organising our fussy requests! "
Monica Bhaskar (Aug 2009)
"Thank you, the SOLID STEEL band were great, very easy to work with an very accommodating. I will call on your services again when I am asked to arrange entertainment; I know that this event will happen next year. Again many thanks.
Peter van Sittert, Hire and Event Manager, Focus 21 Visual Communications Limited (Aug 2009)
"We're emailing to say thank you for arranging the excellent services provided by DJ Edlin at our wedding last month. Whilst the wedding party depleted, his enthusiasm did not. Edlin understood the dynamics of the group quickly, ensuring that we could enjoy salsa and then move swiftly to the joys of Abba and Grease without returning to La Bamba (the crowd just wasn't that into it). Everyone had a wonderful time and it made our wedding party! Thank you!" .
Nick and Hannah (July 09)
"Andalus were fabulous. All our guests loved them. The dance floor was packed from start to finish. They were extremely professional and I would not hesitate to recommend them and Salsa Direct in the future."
Christian Stanley (April 09)
"Well what a ball!! In no small part due to the most fabulous and entertaining Cocoxpress and dancers. WE loved them all. They were so professional in every sense. The music was spectacular. The sparkly shirts looked just right. The dancers are responsible for my aching bones (!) but the pain reminds me of that most spectacular night. So many people believed they couldn't Salsa before the ball. Your patient, smiling, beautiful dancers proved them wrong. We have received a lot of messages and comments on how much the band and dancers were enjoyed.. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL.............With great good wishes"
Tina Malhame, St John's Beaumont School (Feb 09)
" I wanted to let you know that the ball was a success and Coco Xpress band was fantastic. The comments we had from all were they were great, best band that Pangbourne College has had in a long time. The music was great, your staff lovely. The evening was marvellous and the band was a big part of that. Please pass on big thanks to the team for they were patient and wonderful that night. Thank you very much for making our "Latin" evening a success. "
Kathy Johnson On behalf of Pangbourne College Parents Association (March 09)
"The band you sent us "Lokito" were great. I was particularly impressed by their friendly professionalism and bright, optimistic musical style that cut through the rather dismal weather. We would certainly book them again for the Northampton Festival. Thanks once again for your help."
John Tattersfield, Arts Development Officer, August 2008
"CoCo Xpress really helped to create a lively party atmosphere at our wedding and we had plenty of comments from our guests on the fantastic music they played. You don't have to be a salsa expert either as they have a good repertoire of latin pop, and all generations were soon up and dancing. They set up quickly and unintrusively too, which was an added bonus. We would highly recommend them for any event."
Melanie and Michael
" The Mariachi Tequila band were very good, the music was just right, a real Mexican sound."
Wendy, Corianders restaurant, Bournemouth, April 08
"As promised I would like to feedback on Viramundo who I booked for my wedding on 16th Feb. I am sure you will recall that I had wanted a particular sound and instruments.
Well, I can hardly thank you and them enough. They exceeded our expectations. They were punctual, professional, listened to my requests, played wonderfully - in fact they whipped up a storm.
We loved them, I am over the moon. They made a very unique and memorable contribution to our wedding day.
Please pass our thanks and delight on to each of them. Thank you again - they were worth every penny."
Hala Mustafa, Feb 2008
"Just to say thank you very much to you and the band, Coco Xpress, for a fantastic evening of music and entertainment. Everyone has said it was the best ball ever and it was the music that gave it this accolade. I certainly have never seen so many people up and dancing for the whole evening including the vicar!! I can highly recommend Coco Xpress not only for the talented musicians but also for the smooth and professional organisational element. Thank you and wishing you all the best"
Brianne and the Westbourne Committee, July 2008
"The band Soneando were great! Very obliging and the music was fantastic-just like being in Havana in fact. I'm sure they played longer than agreed and they were all very charming. Many thanks for arranging it- we are both very grateful and we would certainly contact you again if needs be."
Stephen Clarke , June 2008
Please get in touch to discuss your idea with us:
email us or call the Salsa Direct office on:
(UK +44) 01992 447007 / 07956 395018
We speak English & Spanish (se habla español)
No enquiry is too small or too crazy !
We can offer you Latin Salsa bands and salsa and gangnam style dancers in:
London, Surrey, Sussex, the Home Counties, Hertfordshire, the South East, Kent, Essex, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, East Anglia, Ipswich, Norfolk, The Midlands, Birmingham, Coventry, Warwick, Wales, Herefordshire, Shropshire, The North, The North East, The North West, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Hull, Durham, Harrogate, Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Hebrides, Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight, Jersey, Guernsey and Internationally. We have sent bands to Lithuania, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Caribbean, South America, Dubai and the Middle East, India - and more.
Tell us where your event is happening, and we will provide the entertainment!!