"Diáspora played a wonderful set for us at our Mexican-themed wedding at Egypt Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire. We started off with Bésame Mucho as our first dance, where we were allowed to decide on a tempo and style, Diáspora's rhythm section providing a perfect tempo for our hastily prepared dance steps. We were able to hand pick the songs from Diáspora's wide repertoire, and they even put in a couple of songs that they arranged for us from scratch. Santana's "Maria Maria" proved to be a real hit on the dance floor, and not just because my wife's name is Maria. They played three sets of five songs each, plus a first dance, and a greatly appreciated salsa class at the start of the second set, led by the charismatic Alejandro. There was a full dance floor throughout the evening, even in between sets where band producer Rory DJ'd some uptempo Latin hits that kept the party pumping. They created an atmosphere that felt, festive, fun and Latino, yet personal, intimate and friendly at the same time, perfect for our small to medium sized wedding of guests from all over the UK, Europe and beyond. The guests all had a fantastic time, with conga lines, salsa and even Scottish highland dancing all featuring. The band members are all quite young, but it is obvious that they already have a wealth of experience as professional musicians - impressive and knowledgeable performers without losing the passion and touch that they had as music college graduates. Rory himself provided some virtuosic solos on sax and flute, Rea provided some powerful vocal lines, and Dave, William and the rest provided an exciting yet solid platform on which the front line could express themselves. Diáspora really made our wedding, which went on well after 11pm, and we would recommend them to anyone." Seb & Maria, Stroud, Gloucestershire, April 2016.
UNITED IN THE LATIN BEAT