What Is Charanga? And How Do I Join?

Charanga 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 music 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. Directed by David F. 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 programming UNC’s World Music concerts featuring Charanga Carolina and UNC’s Gamelan Nyai Saraswati, it has performed for the Carolina Jazz Festival and student associations on campus including ChispA. It has also headlined events off campus including Chapel Hill’s Festifall, El Pueblo’s Fiesta del Pueblo, and Durham Academy’s Fiesta Latina.

Charanga Carolina is open to Carolina 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, Section 6.


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 reverbnation.com. We ask you to please 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!

UNC’s Charanga Carolina, “La Familia” (CD released in September 2011). Listen to tracks at http://www.reverbnation.com/ under “UNC’s Charanga Carolina”

Concert Schedule

Friday, October 12Latin American Film Festival, FedEx Global Ed Building, Atrium, UNC-Chapel Hill, 6:00–6:45 pm

Saturday, October 13: Fiesta Latina, Durham Academy, 3601 Ridge Road, Durham, 7:00-9:00 pm

Tuesday, November 27: Program Notes Live, UNC-Chapel HillGerrard Hall, 6:00–7:15 pm

For more information please contact David Garcia, Director at daga@email.unc.edu.


Charanga with Eddie Palmieri