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    Charanga Carolina

    What is Charanga?

    Charanga2Web.jpgCharanga Carolina is the only university-based charanga ensemble in the state of North Carolina and probably in the country. The Cuban “charanga” ensemble features flute, violins, brass, piano, bass, and percussion. It is mostly associated with danzón, a musical and dance style with roots in European light classical and Afro-Cuban music. The charanga also played a central role in the development of salsa music in the 1960s and 1970s in New York City.

    UNC’s Charanga Carolina specializes in Cuban danzón and New York-style salsa music. Established by Prof. David García, Charanga Carolina is committed to bringing these important repertories in the history of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Latin dance music to life for Carolina students and faculty as well as for the surrounding communities.

    Charanga Carolina performs regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters. In addition to UNC World Music concerts featuring Charanga Carolina and UNC’s Gamelan Nyai Saraswati, we have performed for the Carolina Jazz Festival and student associations on campus including ChispA. We have also headlined events off campus including Chapel Hill’s Festifall, El Pueblo’s Fiesta del Pueblo, and Durham Academy’s Fiesta Latina.

    How do I join?

    Charanga Carolina is open to Carolina's undergraduate and graduate students. Non-music majors are welcomed, though strong music reading skills are required. The ensemble is joined by guest artists Nelson Delgado, Pako Santiago, Ramon Ortiz, and Jaime Roman. Charanga Carolina can be taken for credit (1) as MUSC 213.6. Interested students should contact the director, Andy Kleindienst (


    lafamilia.pngCharanga Carolina is pleased to offer copies of our second CD, La Familia! We invite you to sample our 11 tracks from the CD on and support Charanga Carolina by purchasing the CD for $12.

    Our licensing agreements do not allow us to sell the tracks online. So we kindly ask you to please send a check made out to Charanga Carolina c/o the Department of Music, and mail it to David Garcia, Department of Music, Hill Hall CB#3320, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3320. Please include your return mailing address. Money raised from sales will go back to supporting this student ensemble, concert performances, and future CDs!

    Please feel free to order more than one copy. Thank you for supporting Latin music education at UNC Chapel Hill!






    Charanga with Eddie Palmieri

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