WORLD MUSIC PERFORMERS


We have a wonderful selection of authentic International World Music Performers for your events and residencies. Cuban and Latin bands, Italian gypsy jazz groups, Belly Dancers, Greek bands, OUD players, Brass bands from Rio - the list is endless!

This is just a sample selection of our available performers. Please contact us for full access to our roster.

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Espresso Doppio

Espresso Doppio

Espresso Doppio is an exciting and vibrant acoustic jazz/swing duo exploring famous songs of the Italian jazz-folk-pop repertoire. Thanks to the natural musical and on-stage chemistry between Giuseppe and Luigi, the duo delivers an authentic and genuine Italian vibe, adding a very personal touch to the arrangements of the songs. The duo’s repertoire ranges from the best Italian folk pop songs to International classics, arranged in a gypsy-jazz and swing style. Giuseppe Antonacci (Lead Vocal, Guitar) is an Italian songwriter who sings and plays guitar. Exploring every kind of music, he is curious and hungry for art & poetry with a repertoire ranging from jazz to folk. Luigi Leoni (Lead Guitar) is an Italian professional guitarist. As a graduate of Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, he has played at the most prestigious venues of the Italian Capital, which included opening for Mr. BB King himself. From 2013 until 2018 he performed aboard the biggest cruise ships in the world, performing everything from Broadway shows like Mamma Mia, Grease & Hairspray and playing in resident Jazz big bands. Espresso Doppio are perfect for International events where an authentic and vibrant atmosphere with audience participation is desired.

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Hetty and the Jazzato Band

Hetty and the Jazzato Band

Hetty and the Jazzato Band are an Anglo-Italian Jazz Band with a unique sound that brings to their audiences a taste of la dolce vita with their modern twist on; vintage, classic Italian songs, gypsy jazz, swing and jazz standards in Italian and English. Let the band take you on a Vespa ride back to retro bella Italia with a mix of Italian swing favourites like 'Volare' and 'That’s Amore' intertwined with rustic Roman Stornelli, romantic Neapolitan ballads, enticing bossa nova and samba rhythms along with foot-tapping rock 'n' roll and boogie-woogie. Hetty and the Jazzato Band is regularly invited to perform at special events in Italy (Portofino, Pisa, Agrigento, Lake Garda, Gallipoli, Taormina, and Florence, a private party onboard a superyacht in Portovenere to name a few). This year they also performed at international Jazz and World music festivals in Greece, Bulgaria and the Ukraine and the Henley Jazz Festival in the UK. Hetty and the Jazzato Band have also been invited to perform at Moscow Performing Arts center (May 2020) and Open Air Jazz and Blues Festival Valcea in Romania (July 2020). Hetty and the Jazzato Band have performed at events at some of the UK's historical landmarks and most prestigious venues such as the Her Majesty's The Tower of London, The Royal Albert Hall, Hever Castle, The Royal Academy of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Shard, The Gherkin, The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, The Dorchester Hotel and One Whitehall Place.

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La Fortaleza

La Fortaleza

LA FORTALEZA are a stylish and authentic trio from Bogota Columbia. Featuring the skills of Vocalist/Guitarist/Percussionist Carolina Salazar, Percussionist/Vocalist Alexander Milanes and Saxophonist/Keyboardist Ivan Hernandez, this trio performs in a wide variety of styles including Latin, jazz, pop, reggae, rock and classical. Currently performing at an exclusive resort in Yiwu-China, La Fortaleza and known for their versatility, energy on stage and their ability to entertain in many languages including Spanish, English and Portuguese. FUNKGURUS are pleased to recommend La Fortaleza to those clients who require complete professionalism and flexibility.

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Son Guarachando

Son Guarachando

Son Guarachando are one of the top exponents of Cuban Son, Salsa, Cumbia and Latin Music working in the UK today. They are fronted by vocalist Adriana Lord from Havana Cuba, who was a leading force on the Havana scene for well over a decade having worked with the likes of William Vivanco, Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club) and N.G. La Banda. Individually the band members have been at the apex of the Latin music scenes of Colombia, Spain, Cuba and the U.K. Son Guarachando have been in high demand during the past 5 years with club dates in venues such as Ronnie Scott's, The Barbican and Bar Salsa, tours, festivals and private parties and the band were recently featured on BBC1′s The 1 Show. Whether playing a concert, a festival, a salsa class or a private party Son Guarachando's wealth of experience, charismatic stage performance and exciting repertoire of Son, Salsa, Cumbia and Afro Cuban music never fails to get enthralled audiences onto the dance floor.

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Hani Naser

Hani Naser

Multi-talented Hani Naser is a virtuoso percussionist and Oud player. Considered a master in his field, Naser inspired Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times to call him a “Veritable Rhythm Wizard”. The breadth of Naser's talent has earned him the opportunity to perform and record with many of the most influential artists of this era including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Santana, Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), John Densmore & Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Elvis Presley, Warren Zevon, Paco de Lucia, Steve Miller, John Hiatt, The Violent Femmes, Leftover Salmon, Los Lobos, Don Henley, Ruben Blades, Ben Harper, Brian Ritchie, Tony Trischka, Quicksilver Messenger Service, David Getz (Big Brother & The Holding Company), Jim Keltner (John Lennon), Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones), Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett (Little Feat), Blind Boys of Alabama, George Porter, Jr (The Meters, 7 Walkers), Papa Mali (7 Walkers), Bela Fleck, Kazu Matsui, Jennifer Warnes, Tata Vega, Hamza el Din, Salif Keita, Babatunde Olatunji, Pahanui Brothers, Fayrouz, Sabah, Abdul Wahab, Wadi El Safi, Samira Tawfik, and many other great musicians. Naser is at home in a multitude of musical styles and has a well-deserved reputation as an expert improviser and prolific songwriter. Hani is available through FUNKGURUS for special events, concerts and exclusive residences across the Middle East and Asia.

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Rio Brass

Rio Brass

Viva o Carnaval! Rio Brass are here with their wonderfully infectious music honouring the tradition of the Brazilian carnival blocos. Every year thousands gather in Rio de Janeiro streets to celebrate carnival and to listen and party to the music of the many different street bands that the city has to offer. With that in mind, trumpeter and band founder Gabriel Dias, a previous student at Juilliard in New York and a Rio native, created Rio Brass by arranging popular songs from all over the world. Music from a wide range of International artists including Lady Gaga, The Beach Boys, Taylor Swift and The Killers to name but a few, can be heard at Rio's concerts. Rio Brass performs regularly both in the UK and Internationally at corporate events, weddings, festivals, birthday parties and other public events. This year will also see the band performing in both New York and Rio. Rio Brass are on a mission to honour the Bloco tradition of celebrating life with music and Funkgurus are delighted to help them achieve this! Viva o Carnaval!

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