London's leading Tropical DJ offers up a selection from the music of two continents and a few assorted islands.

A Brief History
of Dave Hucker

by Dave Hucker

I started DJ-ing in about 1981. In 1982 I opened up a club night on Thursdays at an atmospheric Colombian venue called the Sol y Sombra in London's Charlotte Street. This night rapidly became legendary and one of the best club nights in London at that time. My eclectic choice of music covering most of the tropical area along side Jazz, R&B, Funk and whatever took my fancy, quickly became a benchmark for clubland. This was how to mix it up and it opened the eyes and ears of the many people who crowded into the nights. The place was such a success I also took over the Saturday nights.

But in 1986, the Sol y Sombra burnt down after one of my Thursday nights. I knew I was hot that night, but not that hot I thought as I ruefully looked at the smouldering ruins. Arson was suspected, and the mystery of the kitsch print of a painting of a crying child that was found in a fire escape was never explained. Nobody at the club had ever seen it before.

I then followed that up and opened up the first full-time mainstream open to all Latin venue in London upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, in Frith St. Leaving there at the end of 1991. I revived the Sol y Sombra name for a Wednesday night at Cuba in Kensington High St. I also opened up a Sunday night Hardcore Salsa session titled "Sunday School" at Villa Stefano 227 High Holborn.WC1.

Also an addition to these long running nights was "Revolution" at Cuba on Saturday nights, which was a thumping radical tropical session. I stopped working at Cuba in September 2000.

Sunday School which had become legendary with as biggest Salsa night in London packed full of serious dancers both Latinos and Gringos, had to move when Villa Stefano suddenly closed down.

I am no longer doing regular club dates.


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Hey, Mr. Music
Dave's recent columns
for The Beat

Cooing Doves,
Growling Water -
Zambia 2010
"Even by our standards
this looked a bit
adventurous - camping
around waterfalls in
northern Zambia."
Part One
Part Two

Dave and Kim visit
Scotland's rocky
northwestern coast
Part One
Part Two

Senegambia 09
A Tale of Two Estuaries

Part One
Part Two

The Elephant Diaries
Tanzania 2008

Panama and Cuba
Dave and Kim's
November-December 2007
travel diary

South Africa and Swaziland

We're Going to Mahale, Katavi, Mwagusi...
Tanzania 2003

We're Going to Botswana Wana Wana
Botswana 2001

"He is Called 'Pepé'"
Dave Hucker's trip
to rainforest canopies
and spas in Costa Rica.

Hell's Uncle
Dave Hucker, bad to the bone.

Dave & Kim's Awfully Big
Adventures in Zambia

Dave Hucker and Kim Evans
hit the bush in Zambia,
in a photo-filled essay.

The Cuban Tornado
Huck checks out the
bands and booze of Cuba
during a whirlwind
week on the island

Two DJs in Istanbul
a special report from Huck

DJ Huck on Alien Soil
bringing the salsa gospel to the remotest outposts of humanity




The Dave Hucker Manifesto

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