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We've been claiming for years that Paris DJs is something unique, both media and label, and 100% international. This submission for our Afro/Tropical series is a perfect example of that, since we're not sure you've heard Afrobeat from Puerto Rico before! Bando come from San Juan, and bring to the game a unique fusion of afrobeat, classic funk, folkloric afropuertorican rythms, boogalo, jazz and progressive rock, penning their own style as afrogressive. There's just no way we would not include this flavorful and invigorating performance into our 'Electric Afroland' selection. Afrobeat from Puerto Rico. Afrobeat is the music of the future. Everywhere.

About Bando :
After more than 40 years since the emergence of that musical idea cooked on the mind of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti that will later become Afrobeat - a fusion between Yoruba rhythms and American funk - the genre has seen a revival on a world scale, spreading through countries and cultures as detached from the 'africanization' as Japan or England. Bands such as Antibalas and Kokolo, from New York; Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, from Scotland; Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra, from Tokyo and Fanga, from Paris, just to mention a few, have taken it upon themselves to demonstrate that this relatively new musical genre transcends political and cultural barriers. However, in Puerto Rico, a former Spanish colony, where African Yoruba roots predominate, the fertile ground for the creation of a creole style afrobeat had never been sown … that is until now. Incorporating within them a fusion of traditional afrobeat, classic funk, blues, boogalo, ambient and afro Antillean folk rhythms such as 'bomba', Bando arrive at the scene with a conceptually unique musical proposal. Formed by seven veterans of the Puerto Rican musical scene: Agustin Criollo (La Iglesia Atómica, Astrid Pröll, solo artist) on bass and vocals, Gaby Vidal (Ongo, Icaro Azul, Trili) on lead and atmospheric guitar, Enrique Chávez (Yerba Bruja, Antonio Santaella, Calle 66) on drums, percussion and vocals, Martín Latimer (La Iglesia Atómica, Andante, Madera Negra) on rhythmic groove guitar, Rafa Rodríguez (Gomba Jahbari, Yerba Bruja, SOJA) on trumpet, Flugelhorn and vocals, Oscar Siaca (Los Naborias, Ron Calavera) on keyboards and percussion and Eddie Rodriguez (Ventana Sonora) on lead vocals, Bando epitomizes the social outcry in their lyrics, supported by a solid rhythmic base without precedent where traditional Afro-American instruments intertwine with indigenous Puerto Rican musical instruments, such as the percussion barrel and the maraca which are used in traditional 'bomba' dance and music. Bando’s name, surges from a historical fact that makes references to the notorious 'Bando Contra la Raza Africana' (Ban Against The African Race): a series of edicts proclaimed by the Spanish Crown in 1848 by the then governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Prim, who imposed the most absurd and cruel punishments on people of African descent, notwithstanding if they were slaves or freedmen, for fear of another 'black' revolution in Puerto Rico from the sorts of the one Haiti already experimented a couple of decades before. However, this 'bando', is for the race, not against it, hoping to prove that all different slopes related to the African Diaspora are but rivers leading to the same ocean: the African continent. This is only the beginning for a group which promises to be one of the most relevant artists in Puerto Rico’s independent musical scene.


from Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland? - Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol​.​4, released October 25, 2013
Agustín 'Chito' Criollo : bass guitar
Richard Colón : tenor sax
Martín Latimer : rhythm guitar
Francisco Ortiz : drums, barril de bomba, percussion, clave
Rafael Rodríguez : trumpet
Oscar Siaca : piano, organ, Moog synth, shékere
Gaby Vidal : lead, rhythm and atmospheric guitars

Mixed by Gaby Vidal
Produced by Gaby Vidal y Agustín Criollo
Recorded at Ongolandia, Guaynabo
Mastered by John Rogers @ Big Label Sound Studio, Las Vegas
Artistic Director : Agustín Criollo
Composed by A. Criollo (BMI)
Arranged by A. Criollo/G. Vidal/F. Ortiz/O. Siaca/M. Latimer
© 2013 All rights reserved by the artist


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