Canadian World/Latin Party Band MAZACOTE Switch Gears, Sing of Resistance & Perseverance in NEW Single — “Pueblo”
VANCOUVER — October 25, 2019 — Canadian hard-hitting World/Latin party band Mazacote switch gears, singing an impassioned tune of resistance and perseverance in today’s new single, “Pueblo” — the official video for which drops in November.
The track lands amongst Patria — the band’s third album, available now — via Justin Time / Nettwerk.
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Known far and wide for richly tropical and brass-soaked beats, band lead David Lopez and the rest of Mazacote — Niho Takase, Chris Couto, Malcolm Aiken, Robin Layne and Frankie Hidalgo — often look to the sounds of Colombia, Mozambique, and Nicaragua for foundational inspiration as they weave driving rhythms and heavy grooves through their socially conscious messages.
“Pueblo” and Patria are no different.
“In the first years of my family’s life in Canada, the longing for that life I used to know was very strong,” Lopez shares of his heart’s pull to his homeland and the sentiment reflected throughout Patria. “At the end of my first trip back to Nicaragua, it was hard to leave and return to Canada. Years have gone by, and although I don’t feel that way anymore, I wanted to capture that all-too-common longing and nostalgia many immigrants feel,” he continues. “It’s possible the memories may be tainted by hardship and suffering, but deep down that longing never goes away.”
While Patria’s first single “Levanta la Copa” landed lighter on its feet, intending to capture the joy of a carefree night dancing with friends — or as Lopez says, “this rumba is good to forget all the bad things in life” — “Pueblo” spans the gamut with delicate sensitivity, insight, and support.
“The music came first for this song,” says Lopez of “Pueblo.” “And, for some time, I sat on it waiting to decide what to do with it.
“Soon enough, it was as if the lyrics wrote themselves,” Lopez reflects, noting disaster striking in Nicaragua in April of 2018. “Watching the disputes and violence between the government and the people of Nicaragua, I could only question why there is little respect for human life.
“In the opening verse, I sing about how the political issues remain, and are incomprehensible for me. The line says, ‘I know I may not understand, but how is it possible that human treat another human that way.’
“There is a sense of sorrow and anger — and maybe a little hopefulness — in the song through its stripped-down arrangements.”
The technical construction of “Pueblo” is minimal by design, Lopez explains. “I wanted to write a classic, romantic cha cha as a way to vary the pace of our high energy sets. The song showcases one guitar, one trumpet, and almost no vocal harmonies; this allows the listener to hear the emotion in each instrument.
“One line says, ‘you will see how the people will persevere through the injustice’… Governments come and go but it’s the heart of the people who survive that defines a nation.
“It amazes me that there’s still so much beauty in a country that has endured so much hardship.
“In the chorus, I decided to reference a line from a revolutionary song written by Silvio Rodriguez during the early 80’s setting the scene of a revolt by the Sandinista government — ‘se partio en Nicaragua, otro hierro caliente’ (hot iron has been struck in Nicaragua once again) — which refers to what the Sandinistas thought was an electric time in the country, setting a spark to stand up against an oppressor. In the second part of the chorus I sing ‘hoy el pueblo dice no’ (today the people say no) to counteract the violence from the past.
“There is a contradiction in both lines — one in support of a romantic revolution, and the other describing the state of a tired and fed up nation saying enough is enough.”
We would like to thank Eric Alper for the media release.