(Washington, D.C. - September 7, 2018).- On Friday September 7th, Making Movies and Flor De Toloache will release 'Amor De Mis Amores,' a song written by Enrique Chi, frontman of Making Movies, during a trip to Panama. "I was listening to recordings of old Panamanian songwriters," says Chi, "which inspired the song's tortured character." The duet is sung by Chi and Mireya Ramos of Flor De Toloache, telling the story of a lover betrayed, or so it seems, until a chorus of women led by Ramos come in at the end with a revelation: in reality, he mistreated his lover and drove her away. "The track has that lilting groove and hook that makes your body sway like a palm tree in the breeze," says Shae Fiol of Toloache, whose powerful vocals fill in the choruses. The musical conversation between Making Movies as the rhythm section and Flor De Toloache's violin, trumpet, and rich harmonies, creates a nostalgic and seductive track- a big-band sound that harkens back to the Cuban dance-hall bands of 1950s New York.
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Single art by Chico Sierra
The collaboration between the groups was dreamed up while on the road- Chi was touring with Las Cafeteras as their guitarist during the GlobalFest Tour, which brought Las Cafeteras, Chi, and Flor De Toloache together at the Fox Theater in Oakland. The joint show led Chi to propose recording together, citing a musical and spiritual kinship. "During the tour I realized that they are sisters to us," says Chi, "They're in the same journey of exploring what it means to be a Latino in America today."
Soon afterward, Chi sent over a demo of the song to Ramos. "Amor De Mis Amores sounded to me like an instant classic," recalls Ramos, "reminiscent of the Cuban bolero energy with an urban and edgy touch." Flor De Toloache and Making Movies debuted the song by performing it live together at Joe's Pub in New York City, where salsa icon Ruben Blades could be seen, iPhone in hand, filming the entire show.
'Amor De Mis Amores' is the final track of an EP called 'Ritmo De Mi Pueblo,' which also features four collaborations between Making Movies and LA's jarocho troubadours, Las Cafeteras.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 performances 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."
Flor De Toloache is New York City's first and only All-Women Mariachi Group. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States, resulting in a cultural bouquet of an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. The group recently collaborated with new wave Chicano Batman, toured with Dan Auerbach's The Arcs and Latin Alternative legends Cafe Tacvba. Their album Las Caras Lindas won the Latin Grammy for best Ranchera Album in 2017.