Coco Xpress is a 4 or 5 piece lively and entertaining Latin Salsa and Merengue band, playing popular modern salsa and merengue dance hits.
They are based in London but have travelled all over the world, from Dublin to Dubai! Coco Xpress started with a bang 20 years ago in 1998, playing a residency at a salsa club in the Mediterranean, and on their return to London they rapidly grew in fame, playing weekly at all of the UK's top dance venues and at many private, corporate and wedding party events.
Hailed as one of London's 2 hottest salsa bands for the last 15 years, Coco Xpress frequently appear at all the festivals, salsa events and club nights on the Latin scene.
Playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha, Bugaloo, Cumbia, Lambada and also Latin-Pop (including some chart songs in Salsa style) - representing all the popular Latino rhythms and countries, from Cuba to Colombia via Santo Domingo, this band will guarantee an excellent night's entertainment, for top dancers and left-footed tropical party-goers alike.
One of the reasons Coco Xpress is so loved by its fans is that they always have the same line-up of great musicians, playing with great swing and without sheet music... add to this slick choreography and a great rapport with the crowd!
Coco Xpress features Ecuadorian singer Jorge who is not only the owner of a rich voice but also an entertaining manner and some slick dance routines. Also, in the front line is female alto sax/ flute player/ singer Nina: not only a strong musician but also a smooth dancer - to make the band as easy on the eyes as it is on the ears! The line-up is rounded off with Dominican Wilson "El Diablo" - a maniacal devil at the piano, and Biembo from the Dominican Republic- swinging on bass guitar/ vocals. Extra line-ups include Colombian Alejandro on conga drums. All in all, an extremely talented group of musicians who know that on-stage presentation and lively performance is every bit as important as musicianship.
Coco Xpress can play 100% salsa music when requested, but their unique line-up guarantees the best genuine Merengue music of any band in the UK, as they have 2 Dominican musicians - from the home of Merengue music - the Dominican Republic. Many newcomers to Latin music find merengue music much more enjoyable and accessible - and easy to dance to - than Salsa, and just as much fun!!
4 or 5 Piece
- Singer with hand-percussion, Keyboard (and vocals), Bass Gtuiar (and vocals), Flute & Sax (and Vocals)
- Optional conga drums
- A salsa dance couple can easily also be added.
- A dance instructor for a fun beginners salsa class and animation, really gets the guets involved
- A DJ can fill in between sets and play on til the wee small hours, in mainstream or more Latino styles
- La Vida es un Carnaval (Celia Cruz)
- Me Libere (El Gran Combo)
- Shape of You (Ed Sheeran) (salsa version)
- Hotel California (Salsa style) (Marc Anthony)
- Habana Quiere Guarachar (Candido Fabre)
- El Preso (El Gran Combo)
- Procura (ChiChi Peralta)
- Micaela (Sonora Carruseles)
- Aicha (Africando)
- Cali Pachanguero (Gran Combo)
- Tu Carinito (Puerto Rican Power)
- Lloraras (Oscar D’Leon)
- Just the 2 of us (Bill Withers)
- Che che cole (Hector Lavoe)
- Mi Gente (Oscar D’Leon)
- No hay cama pa’ tanta gente
- Pegame tu Vicio (Eddy Herrera)
- Los Mangos Bajitos (Juan Luis Guerra)
- Ojala que llueve Café (Juan Luis Guerra)
- Visa para un sueño (Juan Luis Guerra)
- La Dueña del swing (Los Hermanos Rosario)
- La Bilirubina (Juan Luis Guerra)
- La Ventanita (Sergio Vargas)
- Sacude Tristeza
- Morena Ven (Los Hermanos Rosario)
- Stand By Me (Ben E King/Prince Royce)
- Bachata en Fukuoka (Juan Luis Guerra)
- Lamento Boliviano (Toque D Keda)
- Mambo No 5
- La Vida Loca
- Shape of You (Ed Sheeran)
- Hotel California (Beach Boys)
- Just the Two of Us (Bill Withers)
- Stand By Me (Ben E King/Prince Royce)
- Sobre las olas (El barco) (Cumbia/tropical)
- Happy Birthday
- Auld Lang Syne
We just wanted to thank you, the band and the dancers for giving us a great time on Friday. Everyone was totally blown away by the band and dancers. It was a great end to a perfect day. I'm sure you will be getting a few bookings on the basis of last Friday!
A weekly residency at the prestigious Dover Street Wine Bar Mayfair; 13 years at London’s premier salsa bars: Bar Salsa; Bar Havana, Bar Cuba, Bar Madrid, Revolucion de Cuba Bars
Dubai Creek Golf Club; Bahrain Hilton; 3 weeks at the Holiday Inn Eilat; Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, Kempinsky Jordan, Crowne Plaza Manama Bahrain; Vilnius Lithuania; Trader Vics @ London Hilton, The Savoy Hotel, Grosvenor House Hotel; Le Meridien Picadilly; Cafe Royal; Millennium Mayfair Hotel; The Landmark Hotel; the Royal Albert Hall, Cafe du Paris; Kensington Roof Gardens; Woburn Abbey and Sculpture Gallery; British Museum; Museum of Mankind; Science Museum; Commonwealth Institute; National Theatre Christmas Party; Royal Festival Hall Christmas party;
3.5 months contract around South America on Royal Caribbean Cruises,
4 x Caribbean and Norwegian Fred Olsen Cruises
British Airways; Heathrow Airport Brugal rum promotion – on video screen wall for 6 months; London Airport; Newcastle Airport, Venezuelan Embassy; Domnican Republic Embassy, Cap Cana luxury resort Dominican Republic; Royal Albert Hall – end of “Carmen” opera wrap party; Harrods, The National Trust; London Boat Show @ ExCel; Mappin & Webb Jewellers; Debenhams, HMV promotions; Top Shop, The Pier, House of Fraser, Arsenal Football Stadium Matchday; Chelsea Football Club; Olympia Exhibition Hall, London Aquarium, the Christmas/New Year Races @ Kempton Park; Friends of the Earth; Nando’s; Brugal Dominican rum; Havana Club rum; Bacardi rum, Jose Cuervo Tequila; RAF Lakenheath, Sandhurst Military Academy; Price Waterhouse/Coopers; The Law Society; Credit Suisse; Legal and General; Bloomberg; Tite & Lewis; Fabric, The Baltic, Fredericks, PPL; McMenemy Hill; Hugo Boss, Peppers Media, Financial Times, Standard Life, S J Berwin Solicitors, The Halifax; The Saxo Bank, Barclays Bank, 1 Lombard Street, Milk PR, Glaxo Smith Kline; Tchibo Coffee; TUC, Labour Party Conference 2003 + 2004, Vodaphone; Britsh Telecom, Orange; Fitness First, Whiteleys Shopping Centre; Lakeside shopping centre; Touchwood Solihull shopping centre; SnoZone Milton Keynes and Scotland; Warner Brothers Cinemas; the Greenwich Festival; Canary Wharf; Kingston Riverside Festival; Henley Regatta; Marlow Regatta; Out to Dance festival; American Theme Events; Oxford/Cambridge Summer Balls; Dublin Salsa Championships 2001; Cedar IT Castlebar, Ireland;
and many, many weddings, office parties, award ceremonies, birthday parties, opening nights, Arts Centres, Universities, Stately homes, Castles; themed events, parties etc etc.
Coco Xpress is equally suitable for parties, weddings (more than 400 played so far) and corporate events as it is for full-on Salsa dance nights, and will bring a repertoire of songs suitable for whichever occasion. They can also provide background music between sets, professional dancers or displays, dance classes, DJ's and other ideas to make the evening swing. They are based in London, with frequent appearances in the Capital's busiest salsa venues, but will travel anywhere, and have performed for 3 months on a luxury cruise liner all around South America to Rio and on many other cruises in the Caribbean and Europe!
The band carry full Public Liabilty insurance to £10 Million
All equipment is professional, and full PAT tested (electrical safety test).
Band members are Musicians Union members, and always adhere to their professional code.
Coco Xpress have a brand new PA system renewed in 2018, suitable for upto 300 persons. You may connect your own iPod player or laptop to play your favourite music selection between sets, or the band can provide a suitable one.
- 2 x 45 minutes, 3 x 30's or 1 straight hour.
- It works particularly well with a half hour salsa fun class before the band comes on, to get everybody in the mood
- If you book a salsa dance couple, they can do a fantastic show dance before the band starts, and encourage the guests to dance while the band plays
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.