There is nothing more rhythmic and more magical than when Making Movies and Las Cafeteras unite musical forces. "Ritmo de Mi Pueblo" is the second to last song on the five-song collaboration EP between the two bands, which is set to premier on August 10th! So far the songs on the EP include: "Tormenta", "Feo Mas Bello", "Montaña", "Ritmo de Mi Pueblo", and a fifth track which happens to feature Flor De Toloache which is soon to be announced!
Their latest single, "Ritmo de Pueblo", has such an infectious rhythm that it's hard not to dance and chant along with Denise as she sings "vamos a bailer el ritmo de mi pueblo". Es una cancion que de verdad invita a mover las caderas y celebrar el ritmo del pueblo en el que vivimos. It's truly an up-beat and celebratory song to ones roots. From the chorus to the hip-hop verse, it is a joy ride. Both bands bring all the best of their abilities when they are together to create such wonderful music.
I had a chance to interview and see Making Movies about a year ago after discovering their music a few months prior. There is no justice for how good they sound live. The band is made of two Panamanian brothers, the Chi's, and two Mexican-American brothers, the Chaurand's, from Kansas City and together they bring to life the wonderful band that is Making Movies. They sing in both Spanish and English and it is amazing to hear how they fuse rock with traditional sounds. During their show they incorporate the folkloric Panamanian mejorana lute and not only that, but the Chaurand brothers often stop playing drums and percussions in order dance ballet folklorico on stage. "The band's political idea is straightforward enough that they can express i in four words: "We are all immigrants"."
Las Cafeteras on the other hand, is an also an amazing band from East L.A. Las Cafeteras is known for fusing roots music and adding a modern flare to it. Often it is accompanied by the band singing in English, Spanish and even Spanglish while using traditional instruments and often fusing hip-hop, rancheras, and rock amongst other genres. Right now Las Cafeteras has been recognized as the band who has the "Yo No Creo In Fronteras" t-shirt for merch in addition to their music since it made news after Trump mentioned the shirt during a statement he was giving. "Las Cafeteras use their music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create 'a world where many worlds fit.'"
Although the joint tour with Making Movies and Las Cafeteras is over, Making Movies still have two shows left on their tour which includes: Clevland, Ohio and New York, New York. Every ticket sale will be donated to "RAICES Texas, a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas."
Please check out their latest single "Ritmo de Pueblo" below:
August 10 l Cleveland, OH l Beachland Tavern l TIX
August 15 l New York, NY l Joe's Pub l TIX
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