Exotic Cocktails and longdrinks combined with hot
Latin Rhythms from the stage ... this must have been the impression of a latecoming
visitor, who entered when the Munich Salsa-Group Wawanco set the audience
in an frenetic extasy as if they were high.(...) The Salsa of Wawanco
naturally is a cocktail with a special savour that keeps all people young and fresh
independently of their real age and feeling. (...) Characteristic of the group is
the enthousiastic pleasure of making music, which drives the public into enthousiasm
at once. (Stated by the SŘddeutsche Zeitung referring to Wawancˇ
Wawanco belongs to the
leading Salsa-Bigbands of Europe. It is true that they make really extraordinary music.
Alfred M. Hartmann (piano and violin) is the Bandleader of Wawanco. As a boy of 10
he wrote down his first own compositions, later he got the Diplomas of the Musikhochschule
Munich and the International School of Percussion under Freddie Santiago. Recordings and
Concerts followed at the BR, HR, ARD and ZDF Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations
with different groups.
In his group he gathered really first class
musicians: the Leadsinger Anthony Martinez, living actually in Europe and being a
Superstar of the Salsa-Scenario of Puerto Rico with some thousand sold discs in the
caribbean regions as well as nowadays the great Cuban entertainer (and dancer!!) Claudio
Pacheco or the Timbalero Tomas Stoetzer. Some of them got their feeling and
knowledge for Salsa by studies in the home countries of the Salsa (Cuba and Puerto Rico).
As money making is a problem for all young artists, they have to play always in several
groups to earn their lives. So our spanish bassist Manolo Diaz plays in Jazzband
(interchanging with Roberto Tey Acosta from Cuba) or in Soul- and Funkbands (Zauberberg)
such as the brass-players Carlos Castrillo, a cousin from Jesus Alema˝y, leader of the
AfroCubanAllStars) and Albrecht Huber (tp) or they work as recording musicians for the
broadcast and film composers as for example the Saxofonist Ingo Erlhoff. December 2000 we
had as a guest the great Cuban trumpet player Mario "El Indio"
Hernandez from Irakere.
Some of them teach their knowledge to the youth as f. e. the
trombonist Hermann Breuer at the Richard-Strauss-Conservatory or the Bandleader Alfred
Hartmann at a Music-Highschool at Munich.
Wawanco is certainly the
only Salsaband in Europe who presents in a larger range its own compositions. The music is
made by the pianist and bandleader, Alfred M. Hartmann and the texts are written and
worked out in improvisation by the singers. In the meantime some of the pieces have
got such a good fame that they are played by caribbean bands. Since several years there is
also the famous cuban composer and bassist Silvio Vergara (Rumbavana, later Grupo
Raizˇn) who writes exclusive arrangements for Wawancˇ. Shortly also Jorge Leliebre from Los
Among the actual highlights there are
Live-cuts of broadcast emissions by the ARD-Television and the Bavarian Radiostation as
well as the participation at festivals in Switzerland, in Germany ,Austria and Italy. Also
a good support came through the great Cuban pianist and bandleader Manolito Simonet
("Manolito Y Su Trabuco").
Wawanco means a
dozen of really latin full-blooded musicians, whose virtuous playing, hot rhythm and
beautiful melodies ... go to the hearts of the auditions and raise their feeling to pure
enthousiasm. ... this music will not only enter your ears and your feeling but also make
your legs move and your mood raise. Be cautious: Wawancˇ means really - no chance for bad
humour and frustration (quotation from a report of the Bavarian radiostation
referring to a public concert of Wawancˇ).