Village gears up to host Latin beat bonanza

PUBLISHED: 16:38 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

LATINO performers will be adding a bit of spice to Branscombe when they perform in the village later this month.

LATINO performers will be adding a bit of spice to Branscombe when they perform in the village later this month.

Organised by Branscombe village hall roof committee in conjunction with Villages in Action, the stage will be set alight by Omar Puente and Cubania.

These three extraordinary musicians combine the humour of the Caribbean, the hot passion of Latin America with European cool style.

Cuban born Omar is a violin virtuoso and goes back often to pass on his skills to young people in Cuba, whereas Elpideo and Dorance are Columbian born multi-instrumentalists.

All of them have international reputations and between them have worked with some big names, among them Courtney Pine, Kirsty MacColl, Ibrahim Ferrer and ex-Spice Girl Gerri Halliwell.

All proceeds will go towards the village hall roof fund, which has raised nearly £80,000 to date.

Paul Haines, chairman of the village hall roof fundraising sub-committee, said: "We are looking forward to another thrilling performance from Villages in Action which seems to be going from strength to strength."

The performance will take place at Branscombe Village Hall on Thursday, January 22, at 7.30pm.

Tickets (£12.50) can be reserved from Branscombe Post Office, (01297) 680225 and a light supper is included in the price. There will also be a bar.

Villages in Action is a rural touring scheme which helps to bring top quality professional performances at affordable prices to communities.

If anyone would like to arrange a similar performance in their local venue they should contact Villages in Action on (01363) 773660 or email

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