Kickstarter-funded debut album “Pacific Mambo Orchestra” wins Best Latin Tropical Album
The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a San Francisco-based Latin big band, won last night’s GRAMMY for Best Tropical Latin Album, beating favorite Marc Anthony and other Latin music stars.
Soundscan has recorded sales of only 341 copies of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s self-titled debut. The band, which went on a national tour for the first time last fall, sent another 116 digital copies to its backers on Kickstarter, who provided $11,000 to record the self-produced album.
“We did everything in house,” Christian Tumalan, a classical and jazz-trained pianist originally from Mexico, told Billboard. “This GRAMMY is a victory not just for us but for independent artists everywhere. We want it to deliver hope to all of those artists in their home studios and garages. We’re independent and we made it happen.”