Ojos De Brujo hail from the thriving sonic melting pot of Barcelona and the music reflects their Spanish and gypsy heritage, but travels light years beyond flamenco. The 8-piece collective take the flamenco and rumba traditions and kick them onto the modern dancefloor by adding hip-hop, dub and bhangra influences. 'Bari,' their first album to be released in the U.S. in 2004, brought the fully realized sound of Ojos de Brujo into fruition winning them legions of fans all over the world with infectious songs such as "Ventilaor R-80" and "Tanguillo de Maria" along with breathtaking performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Central Park SummerStage and WOMAD.
After honing their stage skills with extensive tours, the band now returns with a record that very much reflects their forte, a lively sound delivered with a hodgepodge of eclectic underlying influences. The nuevo-flamenco sound on 'Techaró' is heightened with with Cuban drums used in bulerias (a fast flamenco rhythm), funk layered onto rumba Catalana and dhol drums that add an Eastern flavor. Special guests include Nitin Sawhney, members of Asian Dub Foundation and Senegalese hip-hop collective Daara J, Cuban pianist Roberto Carcassés and flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela. The release comes with a bonus CD-ROM that features work from illustrators for each track, translations of lead singer Marina's startling, emotionally-charged lyrics and videos. Much more than just an album, 'Techaró' is the band reaching out to the world with the images and sounds of creative freedom, collective spirit and musical adventure.
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"[Techaró] is ...one of the freshest and most interesting albums of the year." — Neal Hayes, Popmatters
"A band that loads flamenco rhythm and hip-hop and ragga and punk on the same wagon. It's lively, fire-spitting music." — Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
"'Baró' is one of those extraordinary albums that define a sound and an era. The sound is flamenco fusion, and the era is now." — Agustin Gurza, Los Angeles Times
"They've got an ardent, anarchic punk spirit that fits seamlessly with flamenco's irreverent, passionate soul. Ojos de Brujo sets a new standard for fusion with heart." — Jordan Levin, Miami Herald