If you have been to The Yurts in the Paphos village of Simou you’ll know that visiting these Mongolian-style tents and spending the night under the stars is reason enough to venture out to this unique venue. But besides offering one-of-a-kind accommodation, The Yurts also organise annual music events and mini festivals each summer and an evening dressed in Latin flavours is coming this July.
On Saturday July 31, from 6pm onwards an eruptive mix of Latin Jazz and Afro Funk music will sound at The Yurts. Three bands will perform at the venue, oozing the energetic dance rhythms of Central and South America, adding an Afro Funk beat to the blend.
The first act will perform at sunset and continue until the drummer lays his sticks down. The line-up includes the well-known Latin-Jazz band Macumba with four established musicians on the local and international music scene: Rodrigo Cáceres on bass, Rodos Panagiotou on drums and percussions, Giorgos Morfitis on keyboard and Elias Ioannou on trumpet.
Also performing on the evening will be the Afro Funk Quartet with George Koulas on drums, Michalis Michael on trumpet, Rodos Panagiotou on percussions, Christos Yerolatsitis on keys and Andreas Rodosthenous on bass.
The final band for this Latin-infused evening will be Havana Noche. This well-known Latin jazz band is hitting The Yurts stage for an unforgettable comeback, transmitting the energy, enthusiasm and passion of Latin music. The band was formed in Cyprus by percussionist Constantinos Paouros and participating musicians are from Cuba, Colombia and Cyprus. Their music is based on Latin jazz music genres such as son cubano, salsa, timba and cha cha.
Along with the live music, guests will be able to enjoy their favourite potions, as the organisers put it, referring to beers, wines and soft drinks. Snacks and light meals will also be available. An important note the organisers want to stress is that July 31’s event will be a plastic-free evening. “We refuse to sell bottled water and create plastic rubbish – please bring your empty water flask to fill it at the venue,” they say.
Along with their reusable cups, visitors may bring friendly dogs on a leash and low-backed deck chairs or cushions for more comfortable seating but no outdoor food, drinks and, of course, high heels, as this will be outdoor event in a natural environment.
Latin Jazz and Afro Funk at The Yurts
Live music by 3 popular local bands. July 31. The Yurts, Simou village, Paphos. 6.30pm onwards. Presale tickets €25, at the door €30. www.yurtsincyprus.com/event-details/