Afro Tropical Band
Allow the best Latin band in New Zealand to create your highly anticipated dream event a reality. Choose Afro Tropical to be the source of the successful and most memorable event of your life time.
An extensive set will ensure a suitable experience for all, creating just the right atmosphere. A versatile musical repertoire ranging from: Samba, Bossa-nova, Salsa, Merengue, Guajiras, Boleros, Choro, Latin Pop, Ballads, Jazz, Chachacha, Mambo.and much more, in traditional and Contemporary arrangements.
Leave your event in hands of professionals and you will experience superb entertainment.
Afro Tropical Is Composed By 5 musos that master the art of music to perfection:
Ricky de Medeiros, (Brazilian), is our guitarist and band director. He is a reference for Latin, Spanish and Brazilian guitar in New Zealand. A highly sort after musician by Festivals, private/corporate functions, recording and live TV. He is ready to add to any events that need some passionate sounds and a little bit of spice.
Marcelo Valencia, (Argentinian/Chilean) is our singer/percussionist. As a child, he was awarded on many occasions for his performances. At the age of 17 he became a member of the "Contracanto" band. In 1998, they went for a three month tour in Europe performing in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. At the age of 25 he moved to New Zealand and created "Callelatina": a world music concept band. He is proficient in many Latin styles and rhythms ranging from traditional Latin American Music to western European, Afro-Caribbean and Spanish Flamenco.
Juliana Sian, (Brazilian), is our pianist. She started her musical studies at the age of 9. She graduated in classical piano at the FASCS (Foundation of the Arts of São Caetano do Sul) and later completed the popular piano course at the ULM (Universidade Livre de Música Tom Jobim). She has performed at various events, restaurants, bars and festivals in São Paulo, playing in varied formations such as jazz trio and big bands. Juliana also teaches piano (classical and popular), theory and improvisation.
Herbert Souza, (Brazilian), is a Professional Percussionist for over a decade, Herbert has studied in some of Brazil finest music schools. He also has a degree in audio engineering and has toured in such capacity with some of Brazil big household names.
Amanda Teixeira Bovo, (Brazil), is our lead singer. She started her musical journey age 10, at the church choir in her home town. Parallel that, she also was part of the city choir. of a garage band and performed in school events, when she was 15. Her love for Bossa Nova flourished. In 2012, Amanda moved to São Paulo city to study music at Souza Lima (Berklee) Music College. She also worked as a lead singer of a wedding band and did some recording. They toured around Brasil and also had a corporate gig in Buenos Aires (Argentina) for Johnson & Johnson. She is really intimate with Bossa Nova style, which was part of her whole life.
Ricky founded the band "Afro Tropical" in 2015, working as a band director and lead guitarist. In the first formation, the band also featured Ge Luz (Vocals/Rhythm guitar), Ernesto Zuniga (Double Bass), Herbert Souza (Percussion). Recently the band has been reformulated and now includes Amanda Singer (Vocals), Juliana Sian (keys) and Marcelo Valencia (Percussion/Vocals).
The band has been featured in dozens of weddings, festivals, restaurant/bar gigs.
Festival of Cultures (Palmerston North)
Food Show (Auckland),
Saphire Room (Ponsonby),
Taste of Auckland,
Tantalus Winery (Waiheke Island)
Mas que nada
Girl from Ipanema
Aquarela do Brasil (Brazil)
Isto aqui, o que e
Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes
Eu sei que vou te amar
Thank you for checking in, even though my Husband and I didn't get to enjoy much of the band on the day. Everyone absolutely loved them!!! From what I saw my husbands mum and aunties were dancing after the ceremony and enjoying the sunshine and music. Perfect day for a live band! Even when I walked down the aisle I did a little shimmy to the music smile. They were amazing! Thank you so much! We would love to gift the band a wedding favour, what would be the best address to send it to?