MEMBERS:

CHARLES FARRAR / CANTANTE

‘CHIQUIS’ LOZOYA / CANTANTE

BOBBY SOUL / CANTANTE

GABRIEL GONZALEZ / CANTANTE Y GUIRO

WILLIAM PURDY / PIANO

BILLY ROJAS / TIMBAL

CESAR VENTURA / CONGAS

SAL VASQUEZ / BONGO

LORENZO VASQUEZ / BASS

JOE BAUTISTA / TENOR SAX

TOMMY OUWELEEN / FLUTE+ALTO SAX

RUBEN DURAZO / TROMBONE

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Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, and Latin Funk records of the 1960s and 70s. Boogaloo Assassins self-released vinyl debut OLD LOVE DIES HARD (2013) and the 7”-single “No No No” became an underground cross-over hit, receiving regular club and radio airplay around the globe, from BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson to Santa Monica’s KCRW 88.9 to NYC’s pioneering hip-hop Dj Tony Touch.

 

In 2014 Boogaloo Assassins toured with Innovative Leisure artist Nick Waterhouse, and Waterhouse produced the now unavailable 7-inch Latin Boogaloo single “One and Only” (March 2016).  In 2014 Boogaloo Assassins joined iconic Latin label FANIA Records with a digital re-release of OLD LOVE DIES HARD and performed a 5-show celebration of FANIA’s 50th anniversary in San Francisco, LA, and NYC, joining legends Roberto Roena and Joe Bataan on stage.  In 2017 Boogaloo Assassins released live in videos version of “No No No”, and originals “Bomba”, and “By My Baby” on YouTube channel Jam in the Van (JITV).

In 2018 their single “No No No” caught fire in the modern home of Salsa – Colombia – resulting in  Boogaloo Assassins headlining shows in Cali, Colombia’s top Salsa club La Topa Tolondra, including press interviews at radio stations La Maxima, El Sol, newspaper El Pais, and television station at Noticiero 90 Minutos. They recorded 4-song live songs for Colombian-based La Tonga YouTube channel. Most recently, on November 3, 2019 Boogaloo Assassins performed to rave reviews for 17,500 fans in Bogota’s 2019 Salsa Al Parque, broadcast live on Colombian television, Canal Capital.