Orquesta Canela is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style — a high-profile appearance in New York City.

The all-female salsa and Afro-Colombian powerhouse will perform atop the Daily News float at the Colombian Independence Parade on Sunday, July 23, in Queens.

“It’s always such a joy, and a little bit different to play in New York City, because our people are craving that Colombian calorcito,” says the bands director, Maria Fernanda Munera.

“Our ambition is to bring that joy and that talent we have — some cumbia, some salsita and porros — so people can dance and feel like they’re enjoying a night in Colombia.”

Orquesta Canela has become a staple of salsa-crazed Cali, winning the prestigious competition for the “song of the city” at its annual fair, and making songs like “Embrujo de Amor,” “Qué Borrachera” and “El Mujeriego” favorites of dancers all over Colombia — songs that Munera promises the band will perform live when the parade float cruises down Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights.

Canela, which boasts 16 musicians, is also marking its silver anniversary by laying the groundwork for a new recording, aptly titled “Orquesta Canela: 25 Años.”

“We are very proud of bringing this beautiful musical message of our land, because people sometimes only remember the negative aspects of Colombian history, like drug trafficking or guerrillas,” says Munera about their mission to be ambassadors for their country.

“It’s quite the contrary: Colombia has very special people, such as writers, scientists and athletes. That is our message, to remind our Colombian and Hispanic community that we are all one great race — Peruvians, Mexicans, Ecuadorians, Salvadorans, Chileans — and that this feeling that we Latinos carry inside cannot be compared to any other race.

“For all of that and more, we carry the flag of Colombia very high up wherever we go.

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