Toronto Urban Latin ensemble fires up funk fusion!
New release “¡Oye Mira!” will have audiences speaking in tongues.
Like the religion of Santeria their propulsive music is a mystical blend of old and new world influences – tribal rhythms expressing themselves in the gospels of popular song. Heartfelt guitar runs along with beat inducing electric bass while the dynamic drums transport the rhythm to funky Latin locales. Sultry vocals breathe out Bossa tales that teasingly take each song to a mysterious musical place occupied exclusively by Santerias.
This Toronto quartet, brings the influences of their diverse backgrounds to the forefront of their sound to expose a funk and energetic fusion. Some songs bring in Latin rhythms while some embrace a Brazilian Tropicália sensibility. With a hot new line up for 2016, band members include: Ana Lía Arias Garrido on lead vocals; Juan Dino Toledo on guitar and backing vocals; Oriana Barbato on bass and backing vocals; and Randolf Jimenez on drums and backing vocals.
Santerias’ newest release “¡Oye Mira!” (Hey Check this out!) has been well received by the media. This is one of their most experimental CDs to date, where funk, salsa, andean music and hip hop are all glued together by the music that only Santerias is capable of creating. Santerias is set to expand the success
resulting from the debut album ‘Bosketches’, ‘Demonios’, a 2010 live CD Limited Edition, dozens of concerts at major Ontario and Quebec festivals and venues such as Harbourfront and CBC Glenn Gould Studio and widespread acclaim from media like CBC Radio, Radio Canada, Toronto Sun and Telelatino.
They have also created videos with TMN (The Movie Network) and Bravo.
Small Music World Festival 2015
“The return of Santerias, a band that it’s all about synergy and fusion, they’re
fantastic” – CBC Garvia Bailey (Big City Small World)
“If Santerias were just another flamenco group, I wouldn’t be profiling them here
today. Toronto band Santerias plays flamenco, yes, but their brand is so much
more vital and alive. Hot Salsa, and more…a potpourri of styles to create their
own unique sound. There’s a hunger for a sound and a band that puts a nice
twist to flamenco”. – Toronto Sun, Errol Nazareth (Entertainment Section)