Being compared to the likes of Lila Downs, Ruben Blades and Café Tacuba is no joke, but you can find the proof on Jarana Beat’s new production “¡Echapalante!” (“Forge Ahead!”). Though they might be some similarities, there is something very unique about the sounds this particular group creates. With its beginnings in Argentina in 2007, Jarana Beat's music has an interesting mix to offer, taking us on a journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico, with a solid foundation and deep roots.
Jarana Beat most recently collaborated on New York's first Encuentro de Soneros with members of legendary Son Jarocho groups, Los Cojolites and Los Utrera. A successful series of workshops and performances culminated in a night which gathered son jarocho groups from the whole northeast, and the fandango was one like New York had never seen before. All this while recording the production for a new collaborative project called “Sonando Sur”.
Performing for the past four years in venues such as Berklee College of Music, Symphony Space, Queens Theatre in the Park, Silver Dollar City, Dollywood's Festival of Nations, Terraza 7 Train Café and an interview on NPR's Tell Me More, 2012 promises more good things for the band, with invites to the 8th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute taking place in Mexico City, and the annual Afrocaribeño Festival in Veracruz.