Two of the most experienced Latin guitarists in the London Tropical, Salsa and Latin music scene, Guillermo and Juan Carlos collaborate with percussionist Nickolai Rodriguez to create an exciting acoustic sound.

The basic format of the band is an acoustic trio. Two guitars and vocals accompanied by Latin percussion (Congas, Bongos, Cajon and bells). This simple setup is extremely versatile for playing a wide repertoire of Latin American tropical music. We play Colombian cumbia, chandé and currulao. ‘Son’ from Cuba and salsa from Puerto Rico and New York. Traditional corridos, rancheras and boleros from Mexico. Merengue from Dominican Republic, a few Argentinian tangos, etc.

Keep up to date with our musical activities in our Live Dates page.


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“Thank you for playing at our wedding. We had the most fantastic day and your music was the perfect end to it. Everyone had so much fun dancing to your music; I'm sure you were aware as the champagne was flowing well! Thank you for joining in the celebrations and giving us a wonderful start to our married life”

Jo and Tim Thorne

“Thank you for a wonderful afternoon, the music you guys played was so joyful and down right funky! Thankyou for bringing latin sunshine to our event! Would have you guys at any party I organise...looking forward to seeing you and hearing at one of your gigs soon.

Many thanks from all our family and friends”


Los Musicos

Tropical Music

Juan Carlos Arenas - Lead Guitar & Tiple:

Band leader with London based Latin ensemble Calarcá, Juan Carlos is an inventive improviser. His distinctive style makes him a favoured player with bands like La Charanga del Norte (playing Tres and PuertoRican Cuatro) and The Magic Carpet Trio. He is also a composer for image, film and TV (composer website).

He has played and co-written with singer Tally Koren. His latest popular music compositions are here (and reviewed here - in Spanish).

During 2010-11 he has performed as lead guitarist of “Francois Peglau’s Fracaso Band”. And in 2013 with the RnB band Lucky Dog.

In 2013 and 2015 Juan Carlos has been a visiting artist at:

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester


Guillermo Monroy - Rhythm Guitar:

Well established singer-guitarist, Guillermo sings with popular band Merengada amongst others. His characteristic voice brings to life the unforgettable tunes of Latin-America.

Singing verything from Boleros, Son & Cumbias to Mexican Corridos, he is a natural when entertaining all types of audience. Guillermo is a busy Carnival performer and a painter-sculptor (


Nickolai Rodriguez Cavanzo - Percussion:

Nickolai started to play percussion when he was 11 years old. He was fortunate enough to learn from the pupils of Paulino Salgado ‘Batata’ (Rey del Lumbalú), one of the main percussionists of the Colombian Caribbean. He has toured the whole of South America.

In the UK, he is a founder member of the UK based traditional band ‘La Papayera’.

about us

San Miguel Restaurant, Greenwich.

Magdalen College, Oxford - OX1 4AU.

The Victoria, Mile End, London.

International Convention Centre, Birmingham.

Tapanco Restaurant, Wimbledon.

Forest Gate Festival.

Latin Square, Farringdon

Monkey Island

Richmond Hill Hotel

The Walled Garden Cowdray

Grange Hotel (St Paul’s)

Some of the venues where Los Musicos have played:

Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London

Oxo Tower, 8th Floor, Bar & Brasserie, London SE1 9PH

National Theatre, London South Bank.

Hootananny, Brixton

Windsor racecourse, Berkshire SL4 5JJ.

Kingly Club, (former 60s Pinstripe Club) Soho W1.

Sabor, Latin American Taste, Angel N1.

Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

The Bentley - Kempinski Hotel, South Kensington.

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