Latinaotearoa blends local flavours with the colourful cultures of South America.
Brazilian born Auckland DJ Bobby Brazuka and Venezuelan singer Jennifer Zea created a unique live performance with Bobby’s Latin influenced soul-funk and hip hop selections layered with Jennifer’s ravishing vocals.
The local response was so positive the band decided to test international waters in 2012 by taking their sound to Australia and Europe. It was soon apparent that this was not just a recipe for kiwi appetites – bustling crowds meant promoters were quick to discuss future tours. This natural progression and a desire to develop musically led to what felt like an inevitable next step; new and original productions to season an already flavoursome set.
Three years, two albums and countless tours later, Latinaotearoa continues to go fromstrength to strength.
Debut album Latinaotearoa was nominated for Best Roots Album at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in 2013.
It provided momentum for their follow-up album, Latinaotearoa in Latinoamerica, which was recorded in 2014 in the colourful surrounds of Brazil, enabling the group to delve into their Latin roots for inspiration.
Festival regulars, Latinaotearoa is a four piece band that have become a recognised name in New Zealand and are at the heart of the local Latin community.
This fiery outfit delivers an energetic and exciting set for anyone lucky enough to see them perform.