"Diáspora left audiences cheering and pleading for more after their high-energy performance at Manchester Jazz Festival 2010. Their dedication to the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian repertoire, which they deliver in such a vibrant and authentic way, was a treat for both the aficionado and the dancer out for a good time. With their punchy horns, colourful percussion and engaging vocalists, here is a young band set to ignite and inspire listeners and dancers wherever they appear."
Steve Mead, Manchester Jazz Festival, Diáspora @ St. Anne's Square, Manchester, July, 2010
"Diáspora (whom I hadn’t heard before) took us through a whole range of music including son and samba as well as salsa. They’re a big orchestra – 12-piece as far as I could count from where I was – with emphasis on brass, piano and vocals. The style is Latin jazz, not unlike the Alex Wilson sound if you’re familiar with that: some of it just forced you to get up and move, and all of it was highly listen-able. I hope to hear a lot more of Diáspora."
Grevel Lindop, Manchester Jazz Festival, Diáspora @ St. Anne's Square, Manchester, July, 2010
"Our audience really enjoyed Diáspora's performance at La Soirée Concert Series. Thank you for entertaining us."
Benny Hui, Your Event Musicians, Diáspora @ La Soirée Concert Series, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester, August, 2010
“To say I was 'blown away' by the evening's experience is a little bit of an understatement! Diáspora took to the stage and the evening really 'kicked-off'. Diáspora are an 12-piece band, billed as being 'one of the most exciting new projects in the contemporary UK Latin scene' and they did not disappoint. The acoustics are great and I was particularly impressed with Diáspora's haunting saxophone rifts, coupled with the vibrancy and clarity of the vocals. The sexy, up-tempo, Latin American beat soon had the audience tapping in time, with an adventurous couple taking to the dance floor to show off their salsa style steps. This seemed to pave the way for the other experienced salsa dancers get in on the action. As a salsa virgin, I was in total awe of the way they moved as one entity, synchronising their moves in perfect time with the music - as soon as the first beats of the next song were played they automatically knew what moves to make. I must admit listening to the fast paced music, I just wanted to get up there and join in, but felt inadequate watching the footwork skills on show. Wow, I want to learn how to do that, I have to take salsa lessons and strut my stuff; maybe it is the new 'line-dancing' fad but it look so much fun and I want IN. The whole evening was one of the most entertaining and fun that I have had in a long time. The music, atmosphere and venue blended so well but unfortunately it was over too quickly.”
Yvonne Cawley, Manchester Salon, Diáspora @ La Soirée Concert Series, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester, August, 2010
250+ excellent client testaments from some of the UK’s top agents, promoters, and wedding clients.