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1. La Pelota (Cumbia)
2. Chan Chan (Salsa)
3. El Carabine (Merengue)
4. La Negra Tomasa (Salsa)
5. La Reina del Carnaval (Orisa)
6. La Vampirita (Merengue)
7. Mardi Gras Mambo (Cha Cha Cha)
8. El Manisero / The Peanut Vendor (Pregon)
9. Cielito Lindo (Merengue)
10. La Piragua (Cumbia)
11. Carnaval Conga (Comparsa)
12. Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras (Descarga )
Multiple award-winning Fredy Omar con su Banda is one of New Orleans’ most popular acts, a tribute to both the versatility of the band and the diversity of New Orleans’ music tastes. On Latin Carnival they transcend national boundaries, performing cumbia, salsa, merengue, cha cha cha, orisa, cumparsa, and closing with a frantic and passionate descarga that captures the spirit and energy of a Mardi Gras jam at Frenchmen Street’s Café Brasil, ground zero for New Orleans’ world music scene.

Fredy Omar con su Banda pays tribute to their folkloric roots with popular traditional songs El Carabine and La Piragua, adding a contemporary original, La Reina de Carnaval, inspired by La Ceiba, host city to Honduras' largest carnival celebration.

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Bassist/guitarist José Coloma’s arrangements and guest horn players give a transcultural flavor to Latin favorites Cielito Lindo and El Manisero/The Peanut Vendor, where bandleader/vocalist Fredy Omar, hailed as "King of the New Orleans’ Latin music
scene", demonstrates his versatility in a playful duet with vocalist Charmaine Neville.

On Mardi Gras Mambo Kipori Woods' bluesy guitar licks and vocals are set to a cha cha cha beat that reinvents this carnival classic. In pianist Ralph Gipson's Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras, percussionists Humberto "Pupi" Menes, Cristobal Cruzado and Michael Skinkus create a central trance-like rhythm for Fredy's invitation to "baila conmigo" (dance with me). Throughout Latin Carnival, violinist Matt Rhody complements the eloquent saxophone and flute solos of Joe Canoura, a well-respected member of the '60s New York Latin jazz scene.

Fredy Omar in performance Carnival is about opening up to new experiences and tearing down boundaries. This multigenerational, multinational group of seasoned musicians' unique arrangements and approach to music-making distinguish them from any other Latin group. Fredy Omar con su Banda integrate international and homegrown musical styles to create a danceable celebration of the endearing qualities of the Crescent City 's Latin Carnival.