Quetzal SFW40563

The music of Quetzal is at once visceral and intellectual. It makes you move, it makes you sing, and it makes you think. Sometimes thought of as a rock band, its members draw from a much larger web of musical, cultural, and social engagement. On Imaginaries, they creatively combine shades of East L.A.’s soundscape, traditional son jarocho of Veracruz, salsa, R&B, and more to express the political and social struggle for self-determination and self-representation, which ultimately is a struggle for dignity. 12 tracks, 55 minutes, 40-page booklet with bilingual notes.

This album is part of the Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/Traditions series of Latino music albums, produced with support by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

La música de Quetzal es a la vez visceral e intelectual. Te hace mover, te hace cantar y te hace pensar. A veces son como una banda de rock, pero sus miembros sacan de una red mucho más amplia de la participación musical, cultural y social. En Imaginaries, combinan las tonalidades del paisaje sonoro de East LA, tradicional son jarocho de Veracruz, salsa, R & B, y más para expresar la lucha política y social para la auto-determinación y auto-representación, que en definitiva es una lucha por la dignidad. 12 canciones, 55 minutos, de 40 páginas con notas bilingües.

Please enjoy a free download of “Imaginaries”

Imaginaries MP3 FLAC

“Estoy aqui (I Am Here)”
“Todo Lo Que Tengo (All That I Have)”

Year Released 2012
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2012 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Latin

Download Liner Notes

101 2+0+1+2=cinco (2+0+1+2=five) Quetzal 4:37
102 Imaginaries Quetzal 2:51
103 Estoy aquí (I Am Here) Quetzal 5:23
104 Time Will Tell Quetzal 5:20
105 Luz y miel (Light and Honey) Quetzal 5:09
106 Witness Quetzal 3:34
107 Tragafuegos (Fire Breathers) Quetzal 3:36
108 Duérmete (Go to Sleep) Quetzal 5:38
109 Dreamers, Schemers Quetzal 3:08
110 Intifada Quetzal 3:41
111 Por eso (That’s Why) Quetzal 5:13
112 Todo lo que tengo (All that I Have) Quetzal 5:07
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