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Rastrillos

Mexico City, The Federal District, Mexico | INDIE

Mexico City, The Federal District, Mexico | INDIE
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"Mexico city Rockers"

By Matt Scheiner
Mexico city reggae innovators Los Rastrillos have benn blending roots reggae with traditional Mexican music, salsa, funk and rock for nearly 20 years, exerting an influence that has spread with upward ferocity through Latin America from teh tip of Yucatán to the depths of Tierra de Fuego. The band's sound has made lasting impressions with
the thriving Chilean and Argetinian reggae and ska scenes, as well as a community of Jamaican-style sound systems and DJs thumping away in Mexico city.
Gerardo "Zopi" Pimentel, the basist of los rastrillos and one of the band's founding members, believes thet reggae as a "conscious music" is something that appeals to Latin Americans: "Social and political issues are common in Latian America, where there is poverty and injustice and a need to find ourselves. I think everyone is trying to get the same things in Latin America, and reggae music is a place to resist. - Global Rhythm


"Mexico city Rockers"

By Matt Scheiner
Mexico city reggae innovators Los Rastrillos have benn blending roots reggae with traditional Mexican music, salsa, funk and rock for nearly 20 years, exerting an influence that has spread with upward ferocity through Latin America from teh tip of Yucatán to the depths of Tierra de Fuego. The band's sound has made lasting impressions with
the thriving Chilean and Argetinian reggae and ska scenes, as well as a community of Jamaican-style sound systems and DJs thumping away in Mexico city.
Gerardo "Zopi" Pimentel, the basist of los rastrillos and one of the band's founding members, believes thet reggae as a "conscious music" is something that appeals to Latin Americans: "Social and political issues are common in Latian America, where there is poverty and injustice and a need to find ourselves. I think everyone is trying to get the same things in Latin America, and reggae music is a place to resist. - Global Rhythm


Discography

1. Revoluci�n Latinoamericana - 1993 (Rock & Roll Circus)
2. A Cuatro Vientos - 1998 (Independent)
3. C�digos del Alma - 2000 (PyP Producciones)
4. Compilation: Tributo a Rockdrigo G�nzalez - 2002 (Productora de Onda)
5. Compilation: Resto Pollo Rico - 2003 (Sabor Discos)
6. Se acab� el Reve - 2005 (PyP Producciones)
7. Compilation: MEXICAN INDEPENDENT RECORD LEBELS FAIR - 2006
8. Compilation: Libertad a presos politicos - 2006
9. Compilation: MEXICAN INDEPENDENT RECORD LEBELS FAIR - 2007
10. En Vivo Canada 2007 - 2008 (PyP Producciones)

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Rastrillos surge in Mexico City in 1989, in a society in search of democracy. In this context, it's no that the band members found in reggae not only a musical genre that allowed them to express their thoughts and feelings, but also a cultural movement resisting the loss of people's roots and culture. Of sounds and words that invite reflection and the construction of a community more sensitive to the problems around.

It all began with Marley, say the group two original members, Miguel Angel "Chino" Vel�zquez and Gerardo "Zopi" Pimentel. At the height of adolescence, these two addicts to music listened to a cassette of Jamaican music that made a tremendous impact on them. They didn't know what the words meant, but they were captivated by the music, and the more they listened to it the more it attracted them. But back then, there was no Internet, only random sources of information. On a trip to Chiapas, the two young guys met a Rastafarian and a little later on, a French tourist who had been to a Bob Marley concert. and ended up leading them along the path of reggae.

The music that the Rastrillos play today reflects the time that's gone by since they got started. The experience of having played in different spaces throughout the country and shared the stage with well-known national and international groups has allowed the band to assimilate all kinds of musical influences, always maintaining their vision of reggae as a means of communication.

The Rastrillos project is a workshop that's open to different artistic disciplines and the contributions of creative people who have constantly enriched the collective work, achieving a genuine sound that's in constant motion.

The band now made up of eight Mexican musicians, one Argentinian, and one Cuban is embarking on a new album to be released in 2009, following up on its previous productions: Revoluci�n Latinoamericana (1993), A Cuatro Vientos (1998), C�digos del Alma (2000), Se Acab� el Reve (2005) and En Vivo Canada 2007 (2008).

The Rastrillos have transmitted reggae's positive message in a number of different forums, and along the way have shared the stage with many great bands including Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Alpha Blondy, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Stephen Marley, Pato Banton, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Huge Masakela, Ozomatli, Los Lobos, among others.

In 2002, 2006 and 2007 they made a successful summer tour in British Columbia, Canada.