CharangaCharanga Carolina is the only university-based Cuban Charanga ensemble in the state of North Carolina and in the country. The Cuban “Charanga” ensemble features flute, violins, brass, piano, bass, and Latin percussion. It is traditionally 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 and continues to play an important part in contemporary Cuban and Latin dance music.

UNC’s Charanga Carolina specializes in Cuban danzón, contemporary Cuban salsa, New York-style salsa and occasionally performs other Latin American music styles such as merengue, bomba, bossa nova, and tango. The ensemble is committed to bringing these important musical repertories in the history of Latin American dance music to life for Carolina students, faculty, and staff and our surrounding communities.


Charanga Carolina can be taken for credit hour (1) and is open to all Carolina undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of your major. Students are required to have strong music reading skills and proficiency on your instrument, but experience playing Latin music is not required.

Charanga Carolina (MUSC 212.004) meets the B.A. in Music’s and BMus’s Global Music and ensemble requirements.


Charanga Carolina is proud to announce the official release of their second CD La Familia (September 2011)! We  invite you to sample our 11 tracks from the CD on We ask you to please support Charanga  Carolina by purchasing the CD for $12.

Charanga 2 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!

UNC’s Charanga Carolina, “La Familia” (CD released in September 2011). Listen to tracks at   under “UNC’s Charanga Carolina”

Concert Schedule for Fall 2015

  • Sunday, September 27, Fiesta del Pueblo, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
  • Thursday, October 1, Price Music Lecture/Concert, University Theater, NC State University, Raleigh. Performance from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm UNC’s World Music Concert, Hill Hall 107

For more information please contact David Garcia, Director at