Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe have been one of the leading bands in the
vibrant and exciting London salsa scene since they formed in 1996. Pioneering
the worldwide 'salsa con vibes' revival of the late 1990s, they were one of the
first bands in Europe to favour the small combo salsa sound of 1960s/1970s bands
like Joe Cuba Sextet/ New Swing Sextet/Pete Terrace Combo rather than that of
the more common big brass-heavy salsa orchestras of the day.
Colombian born band leader Dorance Lorza already had a very impressive record from back home as a musician, arranger, composer and producer, working with the the biggest names in Colombian salsa music such as Los Niches, Los Del Caney, Los Titanes, Los Nemus Del Pacifico, Orquesta Canela, Santiago Ceron, La Octava Dimension, Kike Harvey, Cali Aleman and Fruko y su Orquesta.
In 1993, Dorance pioneered the vibes-led latin combo sound in Colombia with his production of the single "Que Suerte Tiene El /Dudas de Mi" by Siglo 21, and on arrival to the UK in 1996, he decided to continue with the 'salsa con vibes' small band format for two reasons. Firstly, it was an original and unique sound and different to any other salsa band in Europe at the time. Secondly, the small 7 piece line-up guaranteed the band would be affordable to concert and club promoters.
Over the years, they have become one of the most popular and booked salsa bands in the UK and have been featured at many prestigious salsa congresses and jazz festivals.
They released their debut album 'Cafe Salsa' in 1997 on PCP Records followed by 'Salsa Pa'Ti' in 2004 on Candela. In 2008, both were re-issued with some new previously unreleased tracks as a double CD collection under the title 'Dorance Lorza & Sexeto Cafe : 10 Years Of Salsa' on International Records. The band have also had numerous tracks licenced to best-selling compilations such as 'Beginners Guide To Salsa' and 'The Rough Guide To Salsa Dance', which has brought them to a worldwide audience.
All three albums have featured strong original material alongside new arrangements by Dorance of classic salsa. With their fourth release, Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe have confirmed they are still one of the top salsa bands in the UK today and amongst the finest exponents of the small band 'salsa con vibes' style anywhere in the world. Lubi Jovanovic International salsa DJ, CD compiler (Fania Records/Nascente Records) and UK salsa concert promoter.....1982 to the present day!
In 2009 and 2012 they headlined the London Mambo City 5 Stars Salsa
Congress,in 2010 the Malta Salsa Congress and in 2011 the Scottish Salsa
.) They also performed for Havana Club in January 2011 at Terminal 5 Heathrow
Airport . In March 2012 They will headline The 7th Cyprus Salsa Congress in Ayia
Napa,Cyprus.He and his band had been invited again to perform at the London
Mambo City Salsa Congress anniversary celebration in April 2013.
Dorance Lorza was nominated for the LUKAS AWARDS Category "'Latin Musician Of The Year 2011 ' and 2012
Their fourth release 'Rumbero De Corazon' was included by Latin Beat Magazine contributor Nelson Rodriguez on the TOP TEN Best Salsa releases of 2012 http://www.latinbeatmagazine.com/features.html
1997 'Cafe Salsa' (PCP Records)
2004 'Salsa Pa'Ti' (International Records)
2005 "El Titere" The-Essential-Guide-to-Salsa-Union- Square
2007 "El Titere" - Rough Guide to Salsa Comp (World Music Network)
2007 "Sabroso" - Essential Salsa Uk Comp (Avid Entertainment)
2007 " Sabroso"- SALSA CARNAVAL Resist-music
2009 "10 Years of Salsa" (International Records), streamed on Spotify
2012 "Rumbero De Corazon"-Beginner's Guide To Salsa (Nacente)
2012 "Jugando a Besar" Salsa Agresiva Vol. 3 (Solar Latin Club)
2012 "Jugando a Besar"(KHM) Spring Latino
2012 "Invitacion" The Essential Solar Latin Club Collection Vol 1
2012 "Rumbero De Corazon" DLR Music
Dorance had recently released his 4th album with Sexteto Cafe, "Rumbero De Corazon" (DLR Music)
Dorance and his sidekick Armando, London's top Latin percussionist, gave a week long Latin music workshop at the Triskel Art Centre in Cork City in April 2006 followed by another week in Belturbet Co Cavan for Cavan County Council Arts.