gustavoGustavo CereIjo & Band Chukale


Directed by percussionist and lead vocalist Gustavo, 13-piece Afro-Cuban Salsa ensemble Chukale has been delighting Australian audiences since 2005.

A benchmark for Latin American music in Australia, Chukale has supported 8-time Grammy award winner Chucho Valdez (Cuba), Grammy award-winning Los Van Van (Cuba), Afro-Cuban All Stars (Cuba), La 33 (Columbia), Sonora Carruseles (Columbia), Grammy award-winning Amigos Invisibles (Venezuela) and more.

Legendary Buena Vista Social Club lead singer Felx Baloy & flautist Polo Tamayo recently paid Chukale its greatest compliment to date by recording with the band. Uruguay’s multi-gold record selling vocalist Gozalo Porta and gifted Cuban classic pianist Marialy Pachecho have graced Chukale’s recent stage performances.

The band built it’s reputation working from the ground up with residencies in a variety of Brisbane hotspots including Cloudland, the Alhambra Lounge, Uber and Barsoma, and at Byron Bay’s famous Beach Hotel & Hotel Great Northern. They’ve ignited Australian music festivals and events including Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Darling Harbour Fiesta, Sydney Salsa Congress, Broadbeach Jazz Festival, Caloundra Festival and closing for the Brisbane Festival.

Gustavo brings his expertise not only in directing the Afro-Cuban Salsa ensemble but also in teaching musicality, the breakdown of Latin instruments and rhythm to local professional musicians as well as to aficionados of Cuban music and rhythm.

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