If you’ve been out and about in Bocas del Toro in the last few months, you’ve probably had the pleasure of listening to the sweet sounds of the “The Latin Band TEF”. The boys can be found part of the week playing the hotel circuit in their home providence of Cocléand then jumping on buses and boats with their instruments, heading to Bocas to keep on doing their thing. They love Bocas for its beaches, restaurants and the tourism that enables the young artists to share their music with people from all over the world. “Bocas is a paradise!” says Tiquito, the group’s percussionist.
The TEF stands for the band’s three main ingredients: T for “Tiquito” Eustiquio Cedeño, E for Emanuel Herrera and F for Felipe Valdez. Each member comes from a musical family; they all met as children and began playing when they were 10 years old. Their music is instrumental Latin jazz with some influences from bossa nova, samba, rumba flamenco, and gypsy jazz. The boys of The Latin Band TEF just finished recording their first album “Pleasure Island”. It features 8 instrumental tributes to classic rock songs from bands such as The Police and The Beatles, but with their Latin jazz flavor.
Bocas is a place that inspires a lot of artists. It was during their trips to Bocas that they were inspired to record “Pleasure Island” and it was through their hard work and dedication coming to the island to perform that they were able to invest in the production of the disc. Join The Latin Band TEF will celebrate their new record “Pleasure Island” on December 16th at the Lemon Grass with a special performance. ¡Felicitaciones chicos!