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Indie Musicians Talk About The Economic And Emotional Impact Of Coronavirus (Alt.Latino NPR)

By Charles Seaton

Indie Musicians Talk About The Economic And Emotional Impact Of Coronavirus (Alt.Latino NPR)
Just about every facet of daily life has come to a complete stop. Whether through books, movies or television, the anxiety of the unknown is often soothed by the arts. And, of course, there is music, which has been a constant and important companion during the coronavirus crisis.

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Pandemic pauses genre-bending band’s tour, but amplifies message of music as a business, form of activism

By Charles Seaton

Pandemic pauses genre-bending band’s tour, but amplifies message of music as a business, form of activism

In a world where empathy can be in short supply, the brothers behind Kansas City Latinx rock band Making Movies see music and songwriting as a way young people growing up in a divided country can level the playing field.

The key is exposing them to mentors who can illustrate what’s possible, said Enrique Chi, emphasizing opportunities for youth won’t wait for the end of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which stalled the Latin Grammy-nominated band’s most recent tour.

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How I Made It: Making Movies (Latino USA)

By Charles Seaton

How I Made It: Making Movies (Latino USA)
Making Movies is a band based out of Kansas City, Missouri that mixes Afro-Latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll. The group members have roots in Panama and Mexico, composed by two sets of brothers, lead singer and guitarist Enrique Chi and bassist Diego, and Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand on percussion and drums.

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MAKING MOVIES RELEASES AMERI'KANA, THEIR COLLABORATIVE ALBUM WITH RUBÉN BLADES RESPONDING TO IMMIGRATION INJUSTICE

By Making Movies

MAKING MOVIES RELEASES AMERI'KANA, THEIR COLLABORATIVE ALBUM WITH RUBÉN BLADES RESPONDING TO IMMIGRATION INJUSTICE

Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), The Album Features Collaborations With Rubén Blades, Flor De Toloache, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Asdru Sierra (Ozomatli), Frankie Negrón & Las Cafeteras

"Making Movies are known for their socially conscious songwriting and community work, which they double down in forthcoming album ameri’kana" - Remezcla

"an epic music collaboration" - Grammy.com
"a strident independent ethos and Afro-Caribbean fueled mix of rock and reason" - NPR

 

ameri'kana, the highly anticipated album from Making Movies and Rubén Blades, is out today. It's an album that is as striking musically as it is narratively. It's the power of collaboration across generations/languages/borders- it's a call to action. 

The album is a collaboration with none other than Rubén Blades. The collaboration began at the 2017 Latin Grammys, when Blades said he wanted to work with Making Movies, setting into motion their first collaboration, No Te Calles, a calling to all artists and the general public to speak out against corruption. Inspired by the poetry of Blades on “No Te Calles” Making Movies entered the studio and dreamed up ameri'kana, an "oldies" station from the future, where the injustices sung about are long gone. The album features artists that align with speaking out against divisions, corruption, and injustices, with the hope that in the future those ills will be a memory. Steve Berlin of Los Lobos signed on to produce the album, his third time working with the group, along with co-producer Ben Yonas and together helmed the sessions that brought the featured cast of ameri'kanaFlor De Toloache, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Asdru Sierrra of OzomatliFrankie Negrón, and Las Cafeteras. Blades offered himself as a guide and resource to the band during the process, and appears on three tracks of the record, including one co-penned by Lou Reed.


"For the first time in our journey we have aimed at a focused message to stand up against the political corruption and injustices that are plaguing our beautiful continent, Abya Yala."  said Enrique Chi, guitarist and frontman of Making Movies. "We are all accomplices in it and we must be accomplices in the solution which begins with raising our voices."
 
The album's genre-breaking sound pulls from Latin music as well as rock'n'roll, which Making Movies attests are one and the same: without the influence of Latin music in North America, jazz and blues would have never been born, nor would its successor rock'n'roll. ameri'kana marks the band's sound and mantra: "ROCK'N'ROLL IS LATIN MUSIC,"  they are as inseparable as the continent itself.
 
ameri'kana is available wherever you stream your music, and on the band's website

Making Movies is currently celebrating the release on a tour across the U.S. and Panama. Rubén Blades and Making Movies will share the stage for the first time at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on November 20th.

 

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Ruben Blades & Making Movies Team Up On "Delilah," Co-Written By Lou Reed

By Charles Seaton

Ruben Blades & Making Movies Team Up On "Delilah," Co-Written By Lou Reed
The song is co-penned by Rubén Blades and GRAMMY-winning rock icon Lou Reed in an epic music collaboration brought together by the topic of immigration

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NO TE CALLES RELEASE W/ RUBEN BLADES + ROLLING STONE

By McKenzii Webster

NO TE CALLES RELEASE W/ RUBEN BLADES + ROLLING STONE
Salsa icon Rubén Blades has joined forces with Latinx  psych-rockers Making Movies to launch "No Te Calles", a song and a movement.

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“NO TE CALLES”, THE SINGLE AND MOVEMENT BY RUBÉN BLADES AND THE BAND MAKING MOVIES

By McKenzii Webster

“NO TE CALLES”, THE SINGLE AND MOVEMENT BY RUBÉN BLADES AND THE BAND MAKING MOVIES
Salsa icon Rubén Blades has joined forces with Latinx  psych-rockers Making Movies to launch "No Te Calles", a song and a movement. No Te Calles is the first single from the upcoming album by Making Movies, a collaborative "mixtape" the group will release in May.

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MAKING MOVIES NEW YEARS EVE SHOW AT THE TRUMAN

By McKenzii Webster

MAKING MOVIES NEW YEARS EVE SHOW AT THE TRUMAN
Rock and roll band Making Movies and singer-harpist Calvin Arsenia are merging creative forces to present "Once In a Lifetime," Making Movies' first ever New Year’s Eve concert experience at the Truman Kansas City.

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