Cuba based rap duo, Zona Franka, blends traditional rhythms with the grit and swagger of hip-hop and rap vocal phrasings. Their clever shout choruses create instant tropical dance classics using their unique self-titled "changui con flow" style.


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San Francisco, AF 1990 1 0
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Premier west coast salsa.

Founded by vocalist Armando Cordoba and Santana's percussionist Karl Perazzo, this 13-piece San Francisco based salsa band features four electrifying bilingual singers, four trombones, one of the hottest rhythm sections on the west coast, and best of all, swinging, tight, hard-hittin' salsa!

Special Section on Karl Perrazo:
Every musician has an idol, a performer or group that embodies what they wish to become. From his childhood in San Francisco, Karl Perazzo wanted to play with Santana. "I used to play with the band when I was younger," he jokes, "but then the needle broke."

However, young Perazzo did have considerable talent, and had played with Cal Tjader, Malo, Ray Obiedo, Prince and Andy Narell by the time he was 12. His life-long dream was realized in 1991 when he joined Santana to play timbales. Perazzo has also performed and recorded with Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Phish, The United Nations Orchestra and John Lee Hooker.

In addition to performing and recording, Perazzo teaches percussion. Along with Santana conguero and LP endorser Raul Rekow, Perazzo starred in LP's popular instructional video From Afro-Cuban to Rock, which breaks down the complex musical rhythms of Cuban percussion. Because of their unique chemistry and infectious teaching style, Perazzo and Rekow are a sure-fire hit with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. -source:, Karl is an 'LP' sponsored clinician.

Left: Karl's 'LP' poster. Above: his two instructional videos with Raul Reckow (conguero for Santana). Right: Karl on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine with Raul Reckow and Dennis Chambers.

SOLO VIDEO -- Check out Karl's incredible talent with this video of a solo performance at a Winter NAMM. You will see Sheil E. right at the beginning, clapping after they introduce Karl. Then he proceeds to burn on 'bongo' and then on 'timbales'. Enjoy!