Timba Cartel


This high energy 9 piece ensemble plays Cuban dance party music at its finest. Timba Cartel delivers a heavy and unique groove with the distinct sound of the new modern Salsa from Cuba called Timba. This dynamic evolution of Salsa, full of improvisation and Afro Cuban heritage also takes inspiration from Funk and R&B creating a highly percussive and energy driven music that appeals to a wide audience.  The members of Timba Cartel are an All Star cast of musicians that collectively have been involved in Grammy and Juno award winning recordings and have both played and recorded with literally hundreds of different projects. 

Jack Duncan the leader of Timba Cartel has performed at every large festival in Canada with a myriad of different groups. His previous Afro-Cuban Jazz band Shango Ashé released 2 C.Ds and played numerous festivals and opened concerts for some of the greats including Cubanismo, Orlando “Maraca” Valle and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. He has performed and recorded with world renowned musicians including Chicago, Donna Summers, Ricardo Lemvo & the Makina Loca, Chucho Valdes, and Arturo Sandoval.  Jack has appeared on over 60 CDs and numerous movie soundtracks most notably the Grammy and Oscar Award winning animated movie Ratatouille and the Juno award winning album The Messenger with Yaya “Alpha” Diallo. 


Timba Cartel Sampler