Chilean cumbia group Chico Trujillo is set to release their new album, Reina de Todas Las Fiestas on June 23. This follows up their 2012 album El gran pecador. The album was recorded in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Chile and aims at creating a pan Latin-American sound. Their past music included a lot of cumbia-based influences but is evolving to incorporate a variety of cultures into Chile’s past through their songs.
Reina de Todas Las Fiestas includes collaborations with Banda Wiracocha, a 30-piece brass ensemble, and Argentinean rockers Kevin Johansen and Álvaro Henriquez of Los Tres. The new record is trying to redefine the South American identity through a universal understanding that is not confined by its Chilean roots or cumbia. They are doing this by incorporating Argentinean slang, Mexican ranchera, and rock to an Andean edge that aims to put an emphasis on Northern Chile’s carnival music.
Chico Trujillo is from Villa Aleman, a small town a few miles from Valparaiso, Chile. Founded in 1999, they have become one of Chile’s most important orchestras. There are eight members which include Juan Gronemeyer on drums and percussion, Michael Magliocchetti on voice and guitar, Tuto Vargas on bass, Sebastian Cabezas on trumpet, Tio Rodi on percussion, Luis Tabilo on trombone, Felita on the saxophone, and Macha Asenjo on guitar and voice.
For more information on Chico Trujillo and their upcoming album, Reina de Todas Las Fiestas, visit their website at www.chicotrujillo.com.