The Legend of Mambo Combo
Mambo Combo was named best Latin music group by WAMA (the Washington Area Music Association) and “Best Party Band” by Baltimore Magazine. For more than twenty-five years, the band has been entertaining in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, from the Caribbean to New England.
Few people can resist dancing to the infectious soca and samba, and those who tango will be motivated to do this dramatic and passionate dance. An issue of Baltimore Magazine reported, “… crowds moving to the seductive rhythms of Island sound are a pretty good tip-off that the group is nearby.”
The Mambo Combo Experience
Meet The Mambo Combo
Hoppy Hopkins (“Rudy”) is the percussionist and front-man. Rudy’s frenetic energy and stylish outfits have drawn the crowds as much as his unique drumming style.
Other founding member Robert Friedman (“Shamwow”) prefers to stay in the background playing keyboard and guitar. His compositions featuring guitar have added a depth to the Mambo sound.
Rob White (“Pucho”) brings his passionate Cuban and African rhythms to the band.
Samuel Munguia (“Sammy”) hails from El Salvador and brings an impassioned virtuosity and deep understanding of Latin grooves.
Completing this five-piece ensemble is Larry Melton (“Akimbo”). Years of playing in many bands on both coasts have honed his unique fretless- and Jazz-bass style.