This popular Salsa groups will perform their biggest hits in an only concert in New York on March 23rd
Date: Saturday, March 23rd
Price: $100, $65, $55, $45
Venue: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West Bronx, New York 10468
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents the return of one of the world’s most popular Salsa groups, GRUPO NICHE, for a dazzling concert on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at 8:00PM.
GRUPO NICHE was formed in Cali, Colombia in 1980 by songwriter, vocalist, arranger, and producer Jairo Varela, who began his music career at age eight with the group La Timba. Grupo Niche was conceived as new, alternative Salsa with a more international style and flavor. Their first album, 1980’s Al Pasito, put Colombia on the map of the world of Salsa. The group’s second album released, Querer es Poder contained their first hit song “Buenaventura y Caney” which led to their first US tour in 1981. Their 1984 release, No Hay Quinto Malo, went gold and featured what has become their signature song, “Cali Pachanguero” which Billboard has called “one of the greatest Latin songs of all time.” The critically acclaimed Triunfo (also titled Se Pasó) was released the following year on the New York Latin Records label and went gold with popular hits like “Ana Milé” and “Del Puente Pa’alla”. After much success in Colombia, Grupo Niche soon earned international fame and in 1986 became the first Colombian orchestra to perform at Madison Square Garden, playing at the World Salsa Festival.
From 1990 through 2005, Grupo Niche, led by their brilliant composer Varela, released a chart-topping album a year, many of which earned gold, platinum and double platinum sales status. These records overflowed with hits, many of which are now considered classics, such as: “Cali Aji”, “Una Aventura”, “Sin Sentimiento”, “Busca Por Dentro”, “Hagamos Lo Que Diga El Corazon”, “Duele Más”, “Gotas de Lluvia”, “Etnia”, “Eres”, “Culebra” and “Ni Como Amiga…”. Grupo Niche has released more than 30 albums, receiving numerous international music awards, including the Latin GRAMMY nomination for the 2001 Album of the Year for “Propuesta” with its famous cumbia “Canoa Rancha”.
Their first posthumous album, Tocando el Cielo Con Las Manos was released in 2013. That same year, Grupo Niche resumed touring internationally, performing in Europe, North America, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Australia. Late 2015 saw the release of the second posthumous album 35 Aniversario which rose to the #6 Tropical album chart position and earned the group a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Tropical Latin Album. The record’s first single, “Te Enseñaré A Olvidar”, which was first sung by Jairo Varela in 1989, earned the #2 Tropical song chart position. Grupo Niche is referred to as the “Salsa Experience” with its vigorous, up tempo dance music as well as slower-paced romantic numbers. Their latest single, “Pánico” (2017), is a previously unrecorded composition by Varela, is sung by Alex Torres, and was arranged and recorded in Cali, Colombia under the direction of Aguirre.