The hyphen is often used to help inform listeners about the origins of musical blends. For example, there’s Tex-Mex and Afro-Cuban.
Baracutanga, the supercharged Albuquerque band, shouldn’t bother with the hyphen because it fuses so many Latin rhythms, many of them from ancient Andean music traditions.
The band’s debut CD, “Importados,” is testimony to these creative arrangements and an exciting mix of instrumentation. The 10 cuts add up to almost an hour of passionate performances.
Two of the cuts are previously released singles. One cut, “Rumba de Burque,” is an acknowledgement of the band’s love of its Albuquerque home and an invitation to dance (“Vamos mi gente a bailar”). The song won the 2014 New Mexico Music Awards’ Albuquerque Song Competition.
The other cut, “Deja de Matar,” is filled with the frenzy of a runaway train. That song received the New Mexico Music Awards’ “Best Original Arrangement” earlier this year.
The members of the band are vocalist Jackie Zamora, Kilko Paz on cajon and the charango, an Andean guitar, and surdos; Carlos Noboa on electric bass, percussion and Andean flute; Nick Baker on vibes, drums and percussion; Paul Gonzales on trumpet and surdos; Randy Sanchez on electric guitar and Cuban tres and Micah Hood on trombone.
Filling out the sound of the recording are hip-hop artists Hakim Bellamy and Nick Fury, as well as founding vocalist Ivan Camelo.