Making Movies / Los Rakas

Energy, mysticism, roots– it's hard to describe the music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is "breaking down walls in the United States," with a mix of afro-latino
rhythms and psychedelic rock'n'roll that makes the group's sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama)– together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers– results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.

At times the falsetto of Diego Chi (bassist) takes you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi's guitar anchors his spirited voice in the midst of the Chaurand brothers’ primal and folkloric percussion. An explosion of energy on the stage––does the soundtrack make the movie, or does the movie make for the soundtrack?

Salsa icon Rubén Blades has joined forces with the Latinx psych-rockers/ activists to launch "No Te Calles," a song and a movement that invites artists and fans to participate on the website NoTeCalles.World. No Te Calles was the first single from the band’s new album ameri’kana, which also features Flor De Toloache, David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), Flor de Toloache, Las Cafeteras, and Asdru Sierra (Ozomatli). The band has toured extensively, appearing with the likes of Arcade Fire, Los Lobos, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Bomba Estereo, Galactic, Jesse & Joy, Flor De Toloache, and Thievery Corporation.

“(Making Movies) an icon of pro-immigrant advocacy” -Chicago Tribune

“Lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year” - NPR

“Making Movies is breaking down walls in the United States” - Rolling Stone

"A pointed social statement from a group who's sound is its own form of protest" – KUTX, Austin

"[Making Movies] Elevate the beauty of being immigrants" - Chicago Tribune

"On and off stage, Making Movies are deeply invested building and connecting community" - Aengus Finnan Director at Folk Alliance

“Making Movies is breaking down barriers for Latinos in the US Heartland” – Remezcla

“the band synthesizes what’s happening in ... Latin music better than anyone else out there today.” — MTV

“... tough to classify into one genre, which ... makes them that much more appealing.” — CNN en Español

Fuerza, misticismo, raíces. Es difícil describir la música de Making Movies, una banda que Rolling Stone dice está “tumbando los muros en Estados Unidos,” con una mezcla de ritmos latinos y rock'n'roll psicodélico que hace de la música del grupo algo único. La conexión de los hermanos Chi (panameños, veragüenses de nacimiento) junto a sus compañeros mexicanos, los hermanos Chaurand, logra una contundente presencia musical que lo traslada a uno por pasajes festivos, furiosos, frescos, oscuros.

Por momentos el falsetto de Diego Chi (bajista) es capaz de bajarte al inframundo, mientras que la distorsión de la guitarra de Enrique Chi forma el preámbulo de su voz cálida y esperanzadora en medio de una percusión primitiva, tribal. Una explosión de fuerza sobre el escenario, una banda sonora que hace a la película, o una película que hace a la banda sonora.

El ícono de la salsa Rubén Blades se ha unido con la banda para lanzar ‘No Te Calles’ el 18 de enero, un tema y un movimiento que invita a artistas y fans a participar en la página web NoTeCalles.World. No Te Calles es el primer sencillo del próximo álbum de Making Movies: ameri’kana. La banda se ha presentado junto con Enanitos Verdes, Aterciopelados, Jesse y Joy, Arcade Fire, Los Lobos, Bomba Estereo, Zoé, Cienfue y Señor Loop.


“por su contenido y sonido, uno de los mejores albums del año” – National Public Radio
“(Making Movies), íconos del movimiento pro-inmigrante” – Chicago Tribune

The Grammy nominated group, Los Rakas was born in the youth centers of Oakland, CA in 2006. This duo are of Panamanian descent and raised in both cultures. They are the future of world music and have trendsetted their way into mainstream, touring nationwide and internationally. Performing in both English and Spanish, their specialty is that they teach Spanish through their music- no more Rosetta Stone is needed!! Los Rakas are known for rocking any party - from youth events to world wide festivals, they hype the crowd and get the party all the way live! What is a Raka? a person who is proud of who they are. The Rakas are making sure that the voice of the pueblo is heard, their unique sound bridges cultures from all over the world. Listen to them here, listen to them on the news, on the radio, the television, in movies, hear them in your favorite video game, read about them in the paper or online - AND be sure to catch them at a live show... Raka Party...

“Los Rakas are building a serious reputation for themselves by mixing the rhythms of reggae and Caribbean dancehall with ferocious, bilingual, emcee-devouring microphone skills.” - MTV

"As their music switched among hip-hop, reggaetón and dancehall beats, their fast rhymes proclaimed solidarity across the hemisphere." - NY Times

“This Oakland, Calif., duo — rapping cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun — prove that some of the most exciting dance music on the planet is still coursing through the Afro-Latin diaspora.” - Washington Post

"The Panamanian cousins, Raka Rich and Raka Dun, are the embodiment of the new millennial Latino MC—bilingual, genre-bending and, of course, lyrics for days." - Latina Magazine

“Los Rakas are single-handedly taking back Reggaeton to it’s Panamanian roots.” - National Geographic

“Estamos rakiando con ustedes!” - CNN

"The Panamanian Rap Duo That’s Changing How We Think About Hip-Hop" -New York Observer



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