Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros, modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin Music. Their beat revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha, and salsa and often combines them with Bomba, a fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico.
A band of only 7 musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Eddie Venegas ( Marc Anthony, Orquesta Broadway,) who plays violin and sings the chorus, improvises mambos on the trombone, Itai Kriss ( Edmar Castaneda, Grupo Latin Vibe, ) sings, plays flute, campana, and guiro, while Jeremy Bosch is in charge of lead vocals. William Ash ( Alfredo de la Fe, Brenda K Starr ) holds down the tumbaos on baby bass while Jacob Plasse ( Orquesta Akokan) palsy the tres, a guitar-like instrument originating from the Oriente Province of Cuba.