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Papa Mambo

“Winnipeg’s undisputed salsa king,” Papa Mambo, was nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for the album “El Swing de Papa Mambo.”

Media inquiries: Amber Epp,
Hiring inquiries: Rodrigo Muñoz,





Rodrigo “Papa Mambo” Muñoz is “Winnipeg’s undisputed salsa king” (Jen Zoratti, Winnipeg Free Press). The Chilean-born bandleader started Papa Mambo as a spirited party band; 25 years later, it counts amoung its highlights backing international superstar Tito Puente and selling out Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra shows. The band’s jazz-inflected Latin rhythms, plus a “generous helping of energy and panache” (Gwenda Menerofsky, Winnipeg Free Press), are featured on the Western Canadian Music Award nominated album “El Swing de Papa Mambo.” Under the charismatic leadership of Rodrigo Muñoz, the big sound of this “venerated collective … has become a fixture of the Winnipeg music scene,” (Jen Zoratti, Winnipeg Free Press), delighting audiences with music that’s fun, lively, and invites you to mambo all night long.



2017: Western Canadian Music Award Nomination for World Artist of the Year


2016: Release album “El Swing de Papa Mambo”


2011: Three sold-out shows with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra


2005: National tour across Canada


1992: Back up Tito Puente


Rodrigo Muñoz - bandleader, timbales, vocals

Victor López - bongo

Ramiro Sepúlveda - congas

Gilles Fournier - bass

Will Bonness - keys

Dave Lawton - trumpet

Matt Waldon - trumpet

Ken Gold - saxophones, flute

Jeff Presslaff - trombone

Amber Epp - vocals, hand percussion

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Jen Zoratti, Winnipeg Free Press

"[Rodrigo] Muñoz is Winnipeg’s undisputed salsa king...His venerated collective ... has become a fixture of the Winnipeg music scene."

Gwenda Menerofsky, Winnipeg Free Press

[In reference to Papa Mamb's show with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra]:

"...A heart-pumping, toe-tapping evening of Latin jazz courtesy of Winnipeg's own Papa Mambo...

The band obviously thrives on collaboration, incorporating works and arrangements by many members... They gave [the show] a generous helping of energy and panache."

Dig! Magazine

"Here in Winnipeg, when someone says Papa Mambo, people know the music right away—it’s fun, it’s lively, it’s danceable, and it’s our very own."


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Papa Mambo's latest album, "El Swing de Papa Mambo," was nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for World Album of the Year.

The album features originals by the 10-piece band, special guests, a cover from a famous movie, and Papa Mambo's signature fiery Latin rhythms.

Available at:

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Papa Mambo El Swing de Papa Mambo
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