Latin American rock stars from Mexico City and Barcelona dish out an explosion of ska, electopop and funk.
Maldita Vecindad, considered one of the most influential rock acts in all of Latin America, are best known for their energetic, ska-influenced live sets. Originally formed in Mexico City in 1985, the band has toured extensively alongside such artists as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, INXS and Jane’s Addiction. In 2009, the band released Circular Colectivo, their first studio recording as a band in over a decade.
Hailing from Barcelona, The Pinker Tones have earned international acclaim with their infectious electronic/indie-pop tunes. Led by Mister Furia and Professor Manso, The Pinker Tones create rollicking party music that prompted The New York Times to remark, “(w)hatever crops up in the music – retro-funk breakdowns, bachelor-pad bossa novas, catchy choruses in Romance languages – the beat endures and thrives.”
Working together under a unique partnership, Martín Perna from Mexico/Texas border and Adrian Quesada of Philadelphia have created a distinctive blend of Latin and Funk music. The two self-taught musicians hail from opposite ends of the country, but grew up with similar influences of jazz, hip hop, and funk which lead to their pursuit of experimentation and mixing of genres. Ocote Soul Sounds is a politcally driven and socially responsible musical collaboration with grassroots campaigns including improving the lives of urban musicians to biodiesel fuels.
Presented with the 11th Annual Latin Alternative Music Conference.