Taina Asili

Taina Asili

 Albany, New York, USA

TAINA ASILI y la Banda Rebelde combine powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. The six-piece ensemble from Albany, NY, led by Puerto Rican vocalist Taina Asili, offer a sound that spans continents, exuding strength of Spirit, inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion.


Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is with la Banda Rebelde (the Rebel Band), a six piece ensemble based in Albany, NY. This dynamic force brings love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. Powerful vocals laid over an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock, the band’s eclectic style offers a sound that spans continents, with heartfelt lyrics sung in multiple languages. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion.

Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde released their debut album War Cry in 2010. With an uncompromising lyrical integrity and dynamic sound, the multilingual album War Cry blends the energy of Ojos de Brujo, the soul of Lila Downs and the defiance of Rage Against the Machine. Journalist Josh Potter of The Metroland, Albany, NY’s alternative newsweekly, describes War Cry as “a pan-global roots-musical mélange that appeals to the struggle of tradition to envision a world of social justice.”

Their new album "Fruit of Hope" is set to be released this summer 2014.


War Cry features the unique fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, rock, and hip hop sounds and call to love and rebellion that make up the music of Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde. This debut album features 15 tracks of original music that take you on a journey through their diverse musical, cultural and political landscape with inspiring poetic lyrics and high-energy. It also features several incredible guest artists including Naima Penniman and Alixa Garcia of international renowned spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, soul vocalist Ayana D, NYC based Brazilian samba percussionists Jessica Sarles and Matt Dinsick, Indian tabla percussionist Sadasat Simran Singh Khalsa, jazz cellist Monica Roach, and album artwork by Montreal painter Monk.e.

Set List

A typical set is 1 to 3 hours. Most of the songs are from Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde's debut album "War Cry", as well as their upcoming album to "Fruit of Hope":

Reclaim the Thunder
Its In Our Hands
War Cry
She Lives
Mira Como Duelo
Prison Break
Mama Guerrilla
Mariposa del Fuego
Ancient Architecture
Strong Tree
Verdade Vencera