Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Charanga del Norte

Press and Publicity


Described as ‘outta sight”  by Max Salazar, legendary salsa DJ Al Angeloro has also stated ‘Al’s test is to quote Charlie Palmieri when deserved . . ” if you can’t dance with them you died last week”. That is all you need to know about Charanga del Norte and Sue’s Cuban flute.’

Al Angeloro The Montuno Sessions

“Top-notch music from one of England’s leading Latin combos and the only 100 percent genuine charanga and pachanga band in the land. They are making some fine music that stands up shoulder-to-shoulder proudly with the best charanga musicians still around today, like Orquesta Aragon.”

The Beat

“Superb UK-based salsa and charanga band”


“Inviting supporting acts to perform with legendary Cuban artists involved in the Buena Vista Social Club project is no easy matter, finding an outfit in the UK that can hold its own with a well informed audience makes the task all the more difficult…. Bridgewater Hall has a reputation for authentic, first class music and Charanga make the grade.”

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

“Latin music, but not as you may know it, this band are deliciously different and incredibly danceable”

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.

“Charanga del Norte” (Charanga from the North) was set up in 1998 by the bandleader Sue Miller who studied Cuban flute improvisation with the legendary Richard Egües from Orquesta Aragón. They have toured the UK and performed at many venues including the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and The Barbican, London supporting Buena Vista Social Club’s Eliades Ochoa, Orquesta Aragon and Changui de Guantanamo. Recordings include tracks on the Avid and Union Square Records labels, and albums Our Mam in Havana, Look Back in Charanga and The Best of Charanga del Norte. They have just released a new vinyl album Pachanga Time. They play a mix of Cuban and New York charanga dance music from styles such as the Cuban son, danzon, mambo and chachacha to 1960s pachanga.

Charanga del Norte have played The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester supporting Eliades Ochoa and Barbican events performing with Changui de Guantanamo and Orquesta Aragon in London. They have toured the UK since 1999 with 3 UK-wide Arts Council of England tours and several regional tours The band  received a four star review for their album Our Mam in Havana from Rock n Reel, a four star review in Songlines (2021) and have produced 6 albums and 4 EPs, also featuring on mainstream salsa compilations by Avid records and Union Square Records.

Our mam (Small)

from rock’n’reel
**** (4 stars)
Our Mam In Havana