Chilean born bilingual Salsa DJ & Radio Host
DJ Irmita was born in Santiago , Chile. She is a Latin DJ , Linguist, Economist, Teacher and daughter of Chilean exiles. Her life and work deeply marked by political events in Chile in 1973 and her arrival to the UK as a child.
Her story began when her father a Chilean detective was forced to flee his homeland during the military coup and her family were then reunited in England. Many years passed before she was able to return to Chile but her passion for Latin American music began during family parties and reunions with the Latin American community of Liverpool where she learnt the traditional songs and dances of Chile and Latin America to the sound of the Cuban Son, Cumbias, Cuecas, Tango and more.
On a quest to learn more about Latin America in 1992 she travelled to Xalapa, the cultural capital of Mexico to study anthropology as part of her degree in Latin American Studies. As she travelled around Latin America she learnt to dance Danzón, Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and Salsa and discovered her passion for Afro- Latin music and dance. She later went onto carry out postgraduate research on the history of salsa and the making of the UK Salsa Scene.
Today Irmita is a mother, a pioneering female Salsa DJ and bilingual radio host to the internationally acclaimed "I Love Salsa Show". She is committed to various human rights, environmental and humanitarian causes and strives to keep the cultural heritage of Latin America alive through music and dance.
With her ear firmly on the Latin pulse she loves to blend the finest classic Salsa tunes from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela and New York with New Generation Salsa anda splash of Son, Timba, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha & Urban Latin. "
Dj Irmita has rapidly gained a huge global following and acclaim from leading salsa musicians with the launch of her hit show "The I Love Salsa Radios Show (the only UK show to launch the salsa hit new releases as they happen.
Her passion for Latin American culture and vast knowledge of Salsa music history make each performance unique. Her ability to create an electric atmosphere to any audience and venue has made her a well respected DJ in the UK , Latin America and Internationally.
DJ Irmita’s gigs have included Latin music festivals in the UK, Europe & Latin America. Through these experiences DJ Irmita has worked with legendary international salsa artists. This has enabled her to develop an exceptional musical ear and eclectic style. DJ Irmita is available for UK & international bookings .
"As a Salsa DJ, I try to select the music that has the best impact on Salsa dancers whether beginner or advanced, to make their salsa experience the most exciting and enjoyable !"
Live Salsa Bands & Dance Shows
Salsomanos UK is proud to represent a selection of award winning UK & International Latin Music artists from solo Salsa & Latin singers to Afro Cuban Quartets; Mexican Mariachis; Andean Panpipe bands; & Latin Percussionists. We maintain a network of artists and can offer a complete tailor made Latin music and dance experience. This includes specialist Afro Latin, Son, Salsa, Mambo, Samba, Reggaeton; Tango,Bachata. & more. Please see our artists page. Prices are subject to quantity of musicians or dancers required and additional travel/accommodation expenses.
LATIN FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Salsomanos UK has coordinated the Latin Artists at leading music festivals, carnivals and street parties in the UK. Through these experiences we have collaborated with legendary Latin artists as well as with new generation up and coming performers. This has enabled us to keep firmly on the Latin pulse for emerging talent. Please contact us to arrange a bespoke line up for your event.
EDUCATIONAL TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Salsomanos UK has worked with a variety of schools, colleges, universities and local community groups to deliver Latin music and dance workshops to students of all ages along with talks and exhibitions on Salsa music history.
No event is too small and we can provide a Fun salsa classes for Birthday Celebrations; Engagements; Weddings ,Hen Parties ,Corporate and Private Events.. A party booking includes a fun Latin dance class & Latin DJ. & Live singer. We can also provide a pa system for your event on request
Salsomanos UK, Big Cuban Social
The "Salsomanos UK Big Cuban Social” is our signature Latin Music & Dance package that is captivating dance audiences around the UK.
The night features a pre-party Cuban dance class (beginners welcome), live Cuban drumming with the audience followed by two 45 minute live sets with “Son y Rumba” taking you on a Cuban musical journey through the sounds of traditional Afro Cuban rumba, son, bolero, cha cha cha & salsa descargas.
Plus dancing to the finest Cuban Son, Cha Cha Cha, Timba & Salsa with DJ Irmita.