Eyes Wide Out (Ropeadope Records, 2014)
New York band Karikatura celebrates the city’s diversity on its debut album titled Eyes Wide. Afro-Latin music plays an important role with a series of pieces inspired by tropical Caribbean music. But he band’s vision goes beyond Latin music. Karikatura also incorporate the ubiquitous hip-hop, reggae, klezmer, afrobeat and rock.
Highlights include the opening cumbia “Eyes Wide”, Afro-Latin “Bailarina”, afrobeat piece “NYC Hustle” and Latin-rock “Soy Quien Soy. The radio-friendly modern R&B style vocals take you by surprise at times.
Karikatura was envisioned in South India in 2009 by Ukrainian-born, Brooklyn-raised former heavy metal guitarist, Dima Kay, at the end of a life-changing journey across three continents. He returned to New York City to make the group a reality and recruited musicians with a similar vision: vocalist Ryan Acquaotta, bassist Eric Legaspi, saxophonist Joe Wilson, drummer Morgan Greenstreet, and trombonist Ric Becker.
Buy the album from http://karikaturanyc.com
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.