We are a
Kamloops-based primarily Latin ensemble.
Mora, lead vocals, percussion (left)
Alex Bell, percussion, vocals
Cindy Friedman, keyboard,
is a Kamloops-based trio, a truly eclectic mix of
talents, playing Latin favourites, original
compositions, sing-along pop,
and good old rock 'n roll -- all with a healthy
dose of three-part harmony.
Nela is the lead vocalist, and also delivers
rousing percussion. The other
members of the group are Cindy (keyboards and
vocals), and Alex (drumming
and vocals). Nela, a Latina from Cuba, has been
living in Canada for over
14 years, and was the lead singer for a renowned
Latin band in Halifax.
Cindy is from Winnipeg, and has been playing piano
since the age of 3.
Alex was born and raised in Kamloops and music has
been his singular
passion since elementary school. He has also
been a creator and member of
many well-known groups in the Kamloops community.
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Nela - Nela is a
Latina from Cuba, and has been in Canada since 1997.
She was the lead singer for a renowned Latin band in Halifax,
where she somehow also found the time to complete her Ph.D. in
computational chemistry. She is now an Associate Professor
at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC, although
her lifelong passion remains music and singing. She is
broadening her talents, and now plays a mean nylon-string
guitar. Nela is a powerful frontwoman for the band, and
can keep the audience mesmerized throughout an entire show.
Cindy is from Winnipeg, where she was involved with music
throughout her entire life ever since she picked out the "Meow
Mix" song on a piano at the age of 3. She has played and
recorded with several Winnipeg-based bands of many styles and
in various capacities as keyboardest, lead singer, songwriter,
and sax player. She had never tried Latin music before
Caliente. She is also an Associate Professor in
Biological Sciences at TRU. Click on "Gone",
Snapped", or "Don't
Get Well" to hear some of Cindy's previous indie "hits"
with drummer (and now CBC personality) Lee Rosevere.
- Alex was born and raised in Kamloops and music has been
his singular passion since elementary school. He has also
been a creator and member of many well-known groups in the
Kamloops community, including "Broken fifth" and SARV.
Alex is a highly-gifted entertainer, singer,
trumpet-player and percussionists who is a delight to work with.
He is somehow always able to find the third harmony
without blinking an eye.
Special thanks to
our recording engineer, Patrick Walton.
Thanks to: Raul Alcantara, one hell of a
drummer and friend; Marcin Haladaj, a phenomenal
muscician and person, Doug Baleshta, the original
troublemaker; Derek Cook, a good friend and supporter; Heather
Fast, Claudette & Sandy, who helped us out "big time";
Tom, Nathan, and Benjamin Friedman, our unofficial
roadies; Trevor Hust, an excellent fellow who played bass
and guitar with us, Larry Read, who "discovered" us; Joanne
and Myron Rosvick for "technical and moral support"; Brian
Swail "one heck of a guy"; Mairi MacKay, who
televises us "in house"; and Donna Mason, who started it