Today is The Launch of The New Album of La Misa Negra
La Misa Negra launches today its long awaited album, with which they propose a delightful musical recipe mixing the flavors from Afro-Latin American rhythms and high energy cumbia that lead to an uncontrollable desire to dance.
Now, four years after dropping their debut album, La Misa Negra returns with a self-titled, sophomore effort that they’ve jokingly dubbed, “the red album. Channeling Colombia’s Golden Age, they dive into retro-future cumbia, with tracks like “Me Voy Pa’ Porce” and “Acosadora,” and tap deep into their Afro-Colombian influences by incorporating traditional styles, such as currulao and tambora. They showcase their love for Latin jazz on the monster Salsa tune, “Pistola,” and their hyper-speed reimagining of the Cuban classic, “Yayabo.” They also allude to their non-Latin influences, with instrumental tracks and samples that pay homage to Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, and Wu-Tang Clan. Finding common ground between their heavy metal leanings and mambo-inspired horn lines, La Misa Negra’s arrangements serve as the perfect delivery mechanism for both their humorous storytelling and exploration of heavier subject matter, like gun violence, water scarcity, and gender inequality.
To help produce the album, Marco Polo Santiago, leader of La Misa Negra, sought out the talent of producer Juan Manuel Caipo (Bang Data, Orixa), who recently produced the project “Quiero Creedence” with Juanes, Bunbury, Ozomatli and Juan Gabriel .
“We’re kind of a punk band masquerading as an old school cumbia band, which is why we like to play fast, loud, and aggressively. Sancocho is the result of us trying to find the common ground between our heavy metal leanings, mambo-inspired horn lines, and Afro-Colombian rhythms.”
“Colombia has a long tradition of fast and rowdy playing, which you can hear in many of the traditional styles such as, mapalé, tambora, and puya.”
“La Misa Negra is heavily inspired by this particular era and credits that style as one of the key ingredients to our trademark sound.”
ABOUT LA MISA NEGRA
La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horns and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.