(Panama City, Panama - July 24, 2018).- On Friday July 27th, Making Movies and Las Cafeteras will release 'Ritmo De Mi Pueblo,' the title track from the collaborative EP the bands released together this summer. The two Latin artists recorded four songs in Memphis earlier this year, solidifying a musical kinship developed over years of touring and performing side by side. In May, the artists set out on a joint tour through California, the Southwest, and Texas called Carnaval: The Tour, enlisting Latin Grammy-winning artists Alex Cuba and Mariachi Flor de Toloache among others in support of the new EP.
Releasing one single every week while on tour, 'Ritmo De Mi Pueblo' is preceded by 'Tormenta,' 'Feo Mas Bello' and 'Montaña' with the fifth and final track to feature Mariachi Flor De Toloache (to be released August 10th).
Making Movies and Las Cafeteras at the Stove recording studio in Memphis, TN
"Ritmo was born out of a sound-check jam during the Global Fest tour," says Enrique Chi, frontman of Making Movies about his time subbing on guitar with Las Cafeteras. "The song showcases all the personalities in Las Cafeteras and it turned out to be so fun to play together live during Carnaval: The Tour."
"[The song] reminds me to celebrate ancestral rhythms throughout my entire body," adds Denise Carlos, whose iconic vocals lead the chorus. "It holds space for my feminine strength and sensuality in the most powerful way."
The EP artwork [pictured below] features a Panamanian diablico, a costume and dance seen during the Panamanian Carnaval, dancing above a southwestern town.
Making Movies is a rock and roll band that is electrifying the folk of Latin America in a way that Rolling Stones says "is breaking down walls in the US.” The band's music tells immigrant stories in its 2017 release, I Am Another You - "lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year," NPR raved, and used proceeds from the album sales to support the National Immigration Law Center. Consisting of two pairs of brothers– Enrique and Diego Chi from Panama, and Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand who are Mexican-Americans– the foursome give high energy perforrmances that also showcase their roots, with front man Enrique Chi incorporating the folkloric Panamanian mejorana lute into the show, or the Chaurand brothers swapping drums and percussion for ballet folklorico, a traditional form of dance from Veracruz, Mexico. The band's political idea is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: "We are all immigrants."
Las Cafeteras, born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create ‘a world where many worlds fit’.
LA Times described Las Cafeteras as “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … live, they’re magnetic.”
Carnaval The Tour 2018 redefined folk in North America by highlighting the rich, but often overlooked, folk music of Latin America and the artists who are bringing it into the future. From Los Angeles to Cuba, Panama to New Orleans, Carnaval created moments to let loose and express the resilience of the human spirit. It provided an open and inclusive environment; a place where tradition and rebellion could coexist. The tour featured performances by Making Movies, Las Cafeteras, Alex Cuba, and culminated in Making Movies' Sold Out Carnaval festival in Kansas City which also featured Latin Grammy winners, Mariachi Flor De Toloache.