With songs that aim to raise awareness about the environmental reality of theÂ Amazon, the Colombian band, Doctor KrÃ¡pula, has joined a series of artists fromÂ across the world. Together, under the name of â€œColectivo Jaguarâ€, they bring anÂ unprecedented musical experience.
Royalties will go towards the FundaciÃ³n Terra Nova, entity workingÂ towards the culture and defence of the Amazon.Â By Daniel Casas C.*Â Doctor KrÃ¡pula, returns to the music scene as part of â€œColectivo Jaguarâ€, with what probably is theÂ album that the band always dreamt to record and release. And itâ€™s no surprise that with this album,Â the band manages to consolidate everything that usually represents them as artists, with theirÂ essence as human beings. This translates into a musical atmosphere that is characteristic and Â almost always familiar to strokes of rock, splashed with ska, punk and other styles that casuallyÂ and surprisingly often appear in their songs. Additionally, it is the true translation of what its fiveÂ members represent as individuals: friendship, fraternity, social strive and political compromise.
â€œAma-Zonasâ€ is all of that and more. In a production process that lasted almost two years, the bandÂ joined different and renown voices of the Colombian and Latin American music scenes with oneÂ purpose: Opening the eyes and raising the awareness of those countries which fall under theÂ impact area of this musical release, with regards to the urgent need of caring and protecting theÂ cultural, forestall and hydric reserve of the Amazon; our planetâ€™s vital space that is besieged by anÂ uncontrollable territorial devastation which in short term, has been affecting the whole ecosystem,Â not only of the region but also the entire planet, considering that it is the worldâ€™s lung.
Due to the nature of this project, it is not surprising toÂ find such an impressive list of guests on â€œAma-Zonasâ€. ItÂ also allowed the perfect color palette of sounds for thisÂ production to come alive. Musically, and for the most
part, this album explores the world in which DoctorÂ KrÃ¡pula feels the most comfortable: Ska and PunkÂ translated into a strong rhythmic base with DavidÂ Jaramilloâ€™s bass and NicolÃ¡s Cabreraâ€™s drums,Â becoming greater day by day, supporting theÂ meticulous work of GermÃ¡n MartÃnez on guitar, that comes and goes, feeding the songs in aÂ impeccable manner along with the ideal complement of Sergio Acosta on keyboards, supplyingÂ everything that produces the wind instruments in this format, and the vocal passion Mario MuÃ±ozâ€™Â vocals.
Joined by â€œCafÃ© Tacvbaâ€™sâ€ RubÃ©n, Moyenei from â€œSonidero Mestizoâ€ and Roco from â€œMalditaÂ Vecindadâ€, the album opens with a ska-punk explosion that immediately evokes the most intenseÂ moments of the legendary band â€œMano Negraâ€ and that blends in a very particular manner withÂ the sounds of â€œSeinekvnâ€ (â€œBlack landâ€ in the IKU language), accompanied by the vocal presenceÂ of another icon, â€œManÃº Chaoâ€, through syncopated rhythms, mid tempo, acoustic guitars and aÂ smooth groove that easily recalls â€œClandestinoâ€ or â€œRadio Bembaâ€; both emblematic recordingsÂ from Chao that create a world already known to us.Â The album, whose royalties proceeding from sales willÂ go to the FundaciÃ³n Terra Nova, entity working towardsÂ conserving the culture and protecting the Amazon;Â weaves between its tracks, fragments of autochthonousÂ songs from indigenous communities such as the
â€œYaguasâ€, â€œTikunasâ€ and â€œKokamaâ€ â€“ provided by theÂ foundation-, giving a much more coherent sense to theÂ project. Â â€œAma-Zonasâ€ surprises as it unveils. The collaborationÂ with â€œSuperlitioâ€ emerges for â€œEl Rugido del Jaguarâ€Â (The Jaguarâ€™s Roar), which compromises very well theÂ style of both bands: hard rock, a consolidated halo of funk and a very powerful center. Here, theÂ experimental Colombian band, Latin Latas, was also included. In the case of the next featuredÂ artist, Emiliano, vocalist for the Uruguayan band â€œNo Te Va Gustarâ€ and the song â€œDespedidaâ€Â (Farewell); Doctor KrÃ¡pula goes back to its musical terrain, rock-reggae full of guitars and intenseÂ percussions resulting in a 50/50 vocal set between both singers.
The message behind â€œAma-Zonasâ€™â€ is made clear in many parts of its lyrics such as â€œâ€¦rising theÂ American cryâ€¦ for the water, for the earth and for the entire humanityâ€. â€œListen to the law of origin,Â we are made of water and land â€œ. â€œThey threaten the land with meaningless business, everythingÂ will come to an endâ€, â€œâ€¦ without rivers thereâ€™s no life, without jungles thereâ€™s no life, heartless myÂ life, this is goodbyeâ€. This is a conceptual approach, (it should be listened as a whole fromÂ beginning to end), legitimated in Doctor KrÃ¡pulaâ€™s particular musical sound with an aggregatedÂ valueâ€¦ theyâ€™ve managed to create songs that identify themselves with the original music styles ofÂ their guests.
â€œPuerto Carreteraâ€ is Doctor KrÃ¡pula in essence. Fast ska-punk, strong demolishing percussionsÂ and a pulsating bass; with guests from the same tier such as Ska-Pâ€™s â€œPulpulâ€ and Goyâ€™sÂ â€œKarameloâ€, the song also features KrÃ¡pulaâ€™s drummer, NicolÃ¡s Cabrera in the lead vocals. TheÂ track is a prelude to the song â€œGrito de la Selvaâ€(Cry of the Jungle), in collaboration with the Latin-European band, Che Sudaka. However before we can listen to this cut, there are three other veryÂ special songs from this album. First, the journey of â€œCÃ³moâ€ (How), a kind of slow blues or maybeÂ even a waltz that goes from a smooth ambience with acoustic guitars and quenas to a singularÂ cadence; framed by the presence of â€œCaifanesâ€™â€ drummer Alfonso AndrÃ©, Chucho MerchÃ¡n in theÂ bass, indigenous Colombian fusion band â€œWalkaâ€ and the impeccable vocal delivery of DavidÂ Jaramillo along with Catalina, lead vocalist of the band Monsieur Perine and the choruses fromÂ Venezuelan singer, Ulises Hadjis.
Cumbia becomes the main protagonist on â€œSelvaÂ Cumbiaâ€, with two experts of this rhythm: ArgentinianÂ Gustavo Cordera on vocals and the Mexican CelsoÂ PiÃ±a. A musical delight identified in full with the latter,Â this song becomes a cumbia-rock anthem thatÂ incorporates dense electronic beats and an accordionÂ that enriches the melody throughout. ImmediatelyÂ following we listen to â€œRÃoâ€ (River), with a feminineÂ presence for a smooth pseudo-electric ambience full ofÂ beats, and a blend of guitars that connect with the voiceÂ of Andrea Echeverri, (from â€œAterciopeladosâ€) andÂ Antombo (from â€œProfetasâ€).
The message continues: â€œâ€¦ to destroy is the lie of your prosperityâ€¦â€. â€œWhy keep starting wars inÂ the land of the innocentâ€¦â€. â€œSave the jungle, save lifeâ€¦â€ â€â€¦Let the rich and powerful, be touchedÂ by water in their souls, to stop making disastersâ€¦â€ â€œâ€¦ They keep chopping down trees becauseÂ they do not care, ecological disasters, they canâ€™t explainâ€. they do not care, ecological disasters, they canâ€™t explainâ€. Santiago Cruz, Colombian singer songwriter who is identified in his country with a mellower style of music, builds the vocals that blend perfectly with the rhythm and cadence of the syncopated â€œOlvidamosâ€, in which Moska from â€œAutenticos Decadentesâ€ also participates along with Chucho MerchÃ¡n in the bass. Also, following the trend of pop reggae that has been getting so popular in the last few years, Doctor KrÃ¡pula is accompanied once again by RubÃ©n from CafÃ© Tacuba, as well as Felipe SÃ¡nchez from the band â€œVÃa RÃºsticaâ€ in the production of â€œSerpiente Guacamayoâ€.
The compilation closes full of multiple voices, sounds and messages resulting in two very special songs. First, â€œFragÃl AlegrÃaâ€, a warm Brazilian breeze of bossa nova, accompanied by a slow acoustic guitar, delightful yet subtle and made intimate by the vocals of Pipe Onofre from â€œVibraTierraâ€, Elsa y Elmar and Lucas Salcedo. And finally, â€œInterconnectedâ€, an acid sound supported by an overwhelmed rhythm, a neo psychedelic dub chorus with striking guitars that guest stars a very unique guest, Vandana Shiva, from India, known for her Alternative Nobel Prize.
She closes the musical compilation with a phrase that defines the overall intention and the wakeup call that is being made through these songs: â€œThe Amazon is the heart of diversity in the worldâ€.
The cover artwork which includes a beautiful rendition of a jaguarâ€™s face, by the Colombian urbanÂ artist known as â€œGucheâ€, and itsâ€™ additional booklet that includes astonishing work andÂ photographs of the Amazon surroundings, gives the finishing touches to what could be the bestÂ album of Doctor Krapulaâ€™s career. The album was mixed by Francisco â€œKikoâ€ Castro and masteredÂ by Camilo Silva. It was almost produced in its entirety by Krapulaâ€™s band members, reflecting aÂ vast experience in recording studios that has allowed them to achieve a truly astounding sound.Â In this production, there is a sum of values, lead by years of work and followed by the unified voiceÂ of several singers that- in one way or another- have also expressed in their art, the need for aÂ better world starting from the respect for ecological and environmental values of our planet.Â Musically, â€œAma-Zonasâ€ is a explosion of sound that with a great spontaneity, allows each guest toÂ feel, from the listeners perspective, in abysmal comfort. This is an album that is simple butÂ effective, dense but clean and definitely leaves a message that will not go unheard.