Monthly Archives: November 2015

Orquesta SCC – New Single Release “No Puedo Respirar (I Can’t Breathe)”

Salsa Dura, old school style song, with socially conscious lyrics & lots of flavor

No Puedo Respirar - Orquesta SCC

This new tune from New York City’s Famed band Orquesta SCC, “No Puedo Respirar (I Can’t Breathe)” tackles the social/historical issue of abuse of power and the growing problematic of murder by cop while making it obvious in the lyrics that the bad apples are a very small minority and most officers are honest good people/cops. It starts telling the story in a first person perspective from the eyes of a victim of abuse who asks “why do you beat me, officer?” And grows into a third person narrative that goes into the details of a bigger social problem, one that needs to be addressed by authority all over the world.

Composed by Edwin Perez (music and lyrics), lead singer and co-owner of Orquesta SCC, Arranged by Jorge Bringas, bassist and musical director of the band, this tune reminds us of how salsa used to be.
The second the Fender Rhodes starts – masterfully played by Edgar Pantoja-Aleman (watch out for the Fender solo) – and the gritty, organic and melodious New York sound comes off the trombone of master trombone player Rey David Alejandre (El Soldado) in a right-from-the-start solo, you know you’re in for quite a ride… And a treat! With solos by Edgar Pantoja-Aleman on piano, Kalí Rodríguez-Peña on trumpet and Rey David Alejandre on trombone, this tune will make you swing!

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Mazacote Band | Artist Profile

MAZACOTE is a west coast latin dance band, playing horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Mazacote Band

Based in Vancouver, the band features Nicaraguan singer-songwriter David Lopez, latin jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken and a groove-heavy rhythm section featuring Chris Couto on timbales, Carlos Arias on bass, and Niho Takase on keys.

Fresh for 2015, Mazacote recently released their latest album NUEVA ERA on TrebleFive Records, featuring singles “Carita Bella” and “La Hora”, “It’s our finest work yet as a band,” says leader Malcolm Aiken, “this album brings a new level of songwriting and the end result is electric. Everybody shines.”

Mazacote performs across the west coast at festivals and dance clubs, bringing the exciting latin dance party vibe to audiences of all ages! Highlights include headlining the Vancouver International Salsa Festival with New York latin jazz trombone legend Jimmy Bosch, as well as mainstage appearances at the Harmony Arts Festival, the Carnaval del Sol,  the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Winterruption Arts and Culture Festival and Kelowna’s Global Music Festival.

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