Charanga Amadeus is a mini Orquesta Tipica Cubana, otherwise known as a Cuban charanga band. It's from this style of music that the great Cuban rhythms and dances, the mambo and the cha cha cha evolved.

The roots stretch back to African tribal music and to the French and Spanish classical and folk traditions. Charanga Amadeus strictly interprets the passionate melodies and rhythms of this music, much of which is improvised, so that it is always fresh, exciting and new while authentically expressing the 1940s and 50s Havana style.

Hershal Herscher, band leader and arranger, played piano with New York versions of charanga, notable "Orquesta Broadway" and "Charanga 76" during the 60s and 70s and is a recipient of the prestigious Tony Rodriguez Award (for services to Latin music in New York).

Part of the 2015 Auckland Jazz Festival.

What is Q Mixtape?

Located in the beating hub of the arts precinct, Q brings you a mixtape of free live gigs in our Lounge bar with a generous helping of cult musicians and DJ’s to enjoy every Saturday night.

“The spirit of Mixtape is really one of eclecticism. This is a city where you can hear adventurous jazz, literate songwriting, ultra-rare reggae 45‘s, and off-the-wall mutant surf versions of klezmer music. Real music fans are open-minded and cosmopolitan - and Mixtape is a space for them.” (Tom Rodwell, Mixtape curator and calypso-blues guitarist)

Gather your mates, order a drink and enjoy Q’s mixtape of intimate and rare performances by some of NZ’s most exciting contemporary musicians and songwriters. From fresh renditions of beloved vintage classics, sweet indie-folk to soulful jazz and acoustic pop, you’re in for something refreshing and unique every time.

If you're after a late night meal, browse through our in-house restaurant menu Citizen Q and book a table with or call 09 282 4402.

Kickback. Mingle. Feast.