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Oreste  Noda

‘This guy is so good he should be arrested!’ Hugh Masekela.

One of the UK's premier percussionists - and the man behind Sambroso Sambroso, the renowned London-based Cuban party tribe - Oreste Noda was born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba. Having started his musical life as a trombone player, playing for the likes of the Buena Vista Social Club's late great crooner Ibrahim Ferrer, he found his calling in the congas. His unique rhythmic abilities soon saw him established as Cuba's go-to conguero. He played here, there and everywhere, most notably in the top-notch bands that continue to grace the swanky hotels of beachside Varadero.

As word of his talents spread, Noda was snapped up for a 2004 UK tour by South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela and Britain's redoubtable Jazz Jamaica All Stars, which featured such luminaries as Gary Crosby, Denys Baptiste and the now Mercury-nominated Soweto Kinch. Co-opted as a salient member of award-winning rude boys Ska Cubano, Noda proceeded to tour the world for the next eight years, soaking up influences, cooking up ideas and winning new friends along the way.