Mazacote performs across the West Coast at festivals, dance clubs and special events , bringing the exciting Latin dance party vibe to audiences of all ages! Highlights include headlining the Vancouver International Salsa Festival with New York Latin jazz trombone legend Jimmy Bosch and Salsa great Jesus “El Nino” Alejandro, as well as main stage appearances at the Harmony Arts Festival, the Carnaval del Sol, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Winterruption Arts and Culture Festival and Kelowna’s Global Music Festival.
Mazacote is led by Latin Jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken. Malcolm has shared the stage with artists like Chucho Valdez and Patrick Watson, performed for international audiences at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and for world figures including the Dalai Lama, Reverend Desmond Tutu and Shirin Ebadi. He holds a Masters degree in ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia and has taught clinics and master classes to students in Canada and Asia.
Mazacote’s debut EP Salsa Dura (TrebleFive Records) features powerful vocals combined with driving Afro Cuban percussion and brassy mambos. The album comes out swinging hard, introducing their son-inspired take on some of salsa’s hardest grooves. Mazacote IS a Latin dance party!