“Afro Sound” feat. Palenke Soultribe is the new single & video by Miami-based bilingual Latin jam band Locos Por Juana. The group will be releasing its new album Somos de la Calle (We are from the Streets) this summer.
Locos Por Juana is known for its energetic live performances and fusion of Latin, Caribbean, and American rhythms. The band was formed in Miami, Florida in 2000. The band consists of vocalist Itagui Correa, guitarist Mark Kondrat and drummer Javier Delgado, who form the core of the group, joined by trombonist Lasim Richards and percussionist Carlos Palmet. At times Locos Por Juana includes as many as five to seven guest musicians that join the band onstage for shows and tours.
Locos por Juana released its first two albums with independent label Musical Productions (MP) Records. Their self-titled debut album Locos Por Juana was released in 2003. That same year they were nominated for a Premio Lo Nuestro for Best Urban Artist. Their second album, Música P’al Pueblo (Music for the Town), was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2005 for Best Rock or Alternative Album.
In 2007, Locos por Juana signed with Universal Music and released the highly acclaimed album La Verdad (The Truth), which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock or Alternative Album in 2008. The band toured the United States from coast to coast to support the album followed by a European tour in the summer.
In 2010 Locos por Juana released the EP titled Evolución (Evolution), which was nominated for a Shock Award for Best Alternative Album in Bogota, Colombia.
Locos Por Juana’s hybrid sound draws from the band members’ diverse backgrounds and also from various musical styles as well. Correa and Delgado were born in Colombia, and Kondrat is a Miami native of Colombian descent. They Colombian genres such as cumbia, champeta and Afro-Colombian rhythms such as mapale and chande, reshaping and breathing new life into them in order to give them a new identity altogether.
Also integral to Locos Por Juana’s style are musical influences from Miami and the Caribbean islands including reggae, raggamuffin, and dub from Jamaica along with rock, and funk leading to a fusion that Kondrat calls “that island swing“.