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Chak . Lo que Vino.
http://itunes.apple.com/mx/album/lo-que-vino/id209681898

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Brought up proudly in mayan land, Chak adopted this name for music, which means "red" in several of their more than thirty dialects… the color of our heart, the color of our blood. Chak was born at the end of the seventies in Mexico City to a young and idealistic couple of its time. Running away from the fast pace of the metropolis, the family changed their residence to the paradisiac state of Quintana Roo (the mexican Caribbean, on the southeastern portion of the country), which was a key factor in Chak’s formation mainly because of the contact with nature and the mayan culture. His father is a writer, so during his early years he soon discovered he wanted to do the same. During his teenage days, he left traditional education in order to go to Matanzas, Cuba, and study composition, piano arrangement and “canto lírico”. Charmed by popular cuban music (and particularly it’s drumming), he started writing poetry and songs upon his return to Mexico. A strange twist of fate led him to enroll in a circus school in 2002, where he felt so at ease that he put music aside for a while. Nevertheless, a short time before officially starting classes at the National Circus School in Havana, Cuba, somebody gave him a guitar as a gift, which immediately brought back his love for music. He wrote more than 30 songs with his new instrument, and with the help of some peers from his native Cancun, he started singing at the beach and on the streets of Tulum, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. Later on, Chak returned to the city where he was born in order to record some demo with local producers, and at the same time, he juggled several gigs in town and Yelapa (near Puerto Vallarta). The last series of shows took place at a bar in the trendy Condesa area in Mexico City, where renowned italian songwriter and keyboardist Ettore Grenci fell so in love with the music and the stage energy, that ended up playing with the band. Shortly after, Ettore arranges for everybody to record at Sony Music Studios, accompanied by well-seasoned italian musicians like Francesco Chiari (bass), and Fernando Pantini (guitar). Chak didn’t see immediate results with the recordings, so he decided to go back to Cancun and formed a new combo named "Carlos Hurtado Tres and the Afro Caribbean Son Fusion", which toured through several clubs in the mexican Caribbean area. A year after, the state of things changed once again. Ettore, now playing the producer role, gave Chak a call to finally start planning on an album. Recorded and mixed by the legendary Loris Ceroni in his Le Dune Studio in Riolo Terme, Italy, with amazing studio cats which have flanked Ray Charles, TrilokGurtu, Paco de Lucia, Eros Ramazzoti, Chico Buarque and Joe Zawinul, among others, the material was completed on January 2006. "Lo Que Vino” is a surprising debut album by an authentic Latin American artist that proudly represents southeast Mexico and the Caribbean. In only 10 tracks, Chak amazingly manages to blend a wide array of elements through his particular vision in a intensely beautiful sonic and lyric kaleidoscope...