Although the group had arrived from Montreal just hours before taking the stage, their infectious energy showed no sign of waning. Sheer joy was on the faces of the band members including the three guests who joined them from Toronto; Nick Brownman Ali on trumpet, Bernardo Padron on Alto Sax and Marcus Ali on Baritone sax. All three local artists seamlessly fit into the group, each having the opportunity to share the spotlight with energetic solos.
Pablo Mayor the bandleader, arranger, composer and pianist, is the driving force of the band along with his wife, Anna Povich de Mayor, Folklore Urbanos flautist who also manages the band. Mayor introduced the band and their excitement at performing in Canada for the first time, showcasing Colombian music. "This next one is about a woman who doesnt like to dance so close to the men except when she dances with Pepe, Mayor told the crowd.
Soon we were all seduced by the music and singer Sofia Koutsovitis who recently released her own album Ojalà. Despite the large size band, Koutsovitis powerful deep alto voice cut through the instruments easily and one could see why her talent is being recognized on her own solo tours. She and Polo shared the stage fronting the band, each taking the lead on different songs and providing both percussion and vocal back up.