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GUARACHA LATIN DANCE BAND Mariachi Fiesta

Hi Miguel,
    I just wanted to let you how pleased I was with the mariachi performance at my party at home on Sat, May 12th.  Your father Miguel and Phillipe were outstanding; so talented, so lively, so much fun, and so professional.  To boot, they are such nice guys.  Having them there absolutely made the party.  Please pass on our thanks and accolades.  We definitely will want to book with you for future parties.
    Thanks again,
    Rachel Maliszewski

 

Sunday, May 24, 2009 

 

Like father, like son…...Latin music lives in Pittsburgh

By Nikki Coffee | Published  05/19/2009 | Entertainment | Unrated

 Nikki Coffee

http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/articlelive/articles/44713/1/Like-father-like-sonLatin-music-lives-in-Pittsburgh/Page1.html

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 Like father, like son…...Latin music lives in Pittsburgh

 

Following in the footsteps of his father, Miguel Sague Jr., a legend in the Latin music scene in Pittsburgh, Miguel Sague III, or Cha as he likes to be called, is a quintessential “chip off the old block” when it comes to Latin music.

In the 1980s Miguel Jr. started a music group, Guaracha (guaracha refers to a musical genre developed in Cuba and a precursor to salsa). The group performed salsa, meringue, cumbia and bolero, rumba and other styles of Latin and Caribbean music. “We used to have these parties that included all the Latinos in the Pittsburgh area. I was just a little kid at the time,” Cha said. But that “little kid” paid rapt attention during this time, learning how to play percussion and music dynamics.

“It was my rite of passage, being introduced to this. I was playing in clubs and in festivals at the age of seven,” he said. In addition to great music, several of the finest dancers got their start with Guaracha and lessons from Miguel and his wife, Lenny.   They would offer dance lessons—free of charge—before the event started so people would be motivated to dance.  

Cha and his father are of Afro-Cuban descent.

 

Guaracha began its reemergence at the Altar Bar in the Strip last month and will continue playing every Wednesday night though May at Envy on Penn Avenue in Garfield.  

Future plans include performances at Your Inner Vagabond on Butler Street, and the Pittsburgh Cafe on Meyran Street in Oakland.

Continuing his family tradition, Cha also offers free salsa lessons prior to performances.

While Miguel Jr. doesn’t perform as he used to, he continues to love music and still has music in his blood. He fronts one of Pittsburgh’s finest Mariachi groups, Miguel’s Mariachi Fiesta; a charming Cuban Conjunto, Miguel’s Latino Moods, and one of the hottest Caribbean steel drum bands in the Three Rivers area, Miguel’s Caribbean Nights. Guaracha has recently appeared at the following venues: Cozumel, Pittsburgh’s First Night, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Wilkinsburg Community Day, and the Pittsburgh Public School System.  They will also play at this year’s Seminar at Sea, touring Latin America and are featured on a local television commercial for Cozumel Mexican Restaurant.

(Any of the groups can be booked for entertainment though Sague Presents Entertainment at  mulatocubano2004@yahoo.com, or 412-377-1025.)

 LATIN FLAVOR—Father and son, together in music. Sitting at drums: Cha and standing, Miguel S Miguel Sague Jr.

With the advent of deejays and Miguel’s demanding schedule as a teacher in the Pittsburgh Public School system, Guaracha eventually disbanded. Cha went on to spend his childhood and teenage years performing professionally in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, as well as parts of Latin America. As a graduate of Pittsburgh’s CAPA High School, Cha has become one of the finest conga players in the city. He brings the authentic Cuban sound with his velvet voice and a gifted set of musicians in a 10-piece band. Cha shares his talents and knowledge by teaching at the Propel Schools, and has begun on a second “tour” of the legendary band Guaracha. Some of the original group members come and sit in while Miguel still helps out on vocals during many performances.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Miguel,

I just wanted to thank you for the performance. It was wonderful and made our residents have an authentic "Mexican Vacation". The interaction was great. Not many performers who come to see us interact so well with our residents and bring such a smile to their faces. Thanks again and we hope to be able to have you play again in the future!

 

Melissa P
Activity Director, Retirement Facility