La Mecánica Popular is Efraín Rozas’ experimental ensemble, with Felipe Wurst on guitar, Joel Mateo on timbales, Guillermo Barrón on congas and Dan Martínez on bass. It explores the frontier between social dance and experimentalism, and seeks to erode the divisions between the popular and the avant-garde. With this project I wish to contribute to developing of the re-contextualization of Latin American music beyond the cliches of the tropical kitsch, through the development of a experimentalism from the global south. To regain tradition as a form of agency, to promote a poly-centric world as opposed to an art world that needs to comply with Western criteria of “World Music”.
The New Album “Roza Cruz” was named among the best Latin American albums of the decade by Zona Sucia and Estereofonía, best Peruvian album of 2018 by Rock Achorao, Conciertos Perú, El Comercio and one of the best albums in the world in 2018 by Gladys Palmera (Spain) and Zona de Obras (Spain), and KCRW
“Mejores Discos de la década Iberoamérica“- Zona Sucia (full review)
“Mejores discos Peruanos de la década“- Estereofonía (full review)
“Radical Afro-Latin futurism”- NPR (full review)
“Brings tradition to new creative heights”- Remezcla (full review)
“10/10.”- Juno Download (full review)
“Awesome”- AfroPop Worldwide (full review)
“This is not new Latin music, it’s new music”- Gladys Palmera (full review)
La Mecánica Popular has been featured at NYC Central Park Summerstage for the 50th Anniversary of Fania Records, Brooklyn Museum, Levitation Festival, Queens Museum, BBC, CNN, and NPR.
Listen, buy vinyl or download the new LP “Roza Cruz” here:
Excerpt of recording session for “Roza Cruz” album
Video directed by Muriel Holguin, from the first self-titled LP
Interview for Remezcla
Listen or Download the First self titled LP here (Vinyl sold out):