Tuesday, August 19, 2008

From The Grapevine: Tropic Orchestra

Ricardo "TNT" Diques, the slim, explosive singer formerly with Samecumba, formed his own band last November, and sources say they are getting ready to play out. The Tropic Orchestra's website is still under construction.

Diques says he recently married and had a baby with his wife, Karen. (Congratulations! Coincidentally, she's the daughter of ABC-11 TV news anchor Larry Stogner.) The couple will share vocals in Tropic along with Ivan Ramirez, better known as the heavy metal bassist in several Raleigh Latin rock bands. Known power players in the rhythm section include Jesse Rivera, bongo, and Abdala Saghir, timbales, while sources say recent transplant Ricardo Zayas will be one to watch on piano. Forecasters are also predicting heavy trombones.


1 comment:

Sylvia P. said...

Ed. note: Abdala's surname has been amended in this article from "Villegas" to "Saghir," which he currently goes by, rather than a hyphenate of both.