A report by Shirley Gomez for Latin Times.
The musical group Rawayana, formed by Venezuelans Alberto (Beto) Montenegro, Antonio Casas, Andres Story and Alejandro Abeijón, have infected everyone with their Trippy-Pop, a style that is characterized by the fusion of different rhythms and musical genres, always maintaining a Caribbean sound with a strong influence of reggae.
The band has recently released their third studio album, recorded in New York City, and is preparing for their “Trippy Caribbean Tour” in Dominican Republic, announcing concerts in Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Venezuela and the West Coast of the United States. Beto Montenegro, lead singer of Rawayana, told Latin Times about Trippy Caribbean. “We are very happy with the result of our third album,” said Beto. “We recorded it in New York City. When we were in the studio we didn’t have much idea of what was going to happen, but it was very intense and we had a great time.”
Montenegro also commented on their current world tour and said the expectations have surpassed what they thought. “We’re sold out in unexpected countries. As time goes by we are getting a little more ambitious and want to do concerts in bigger places,” said Beto referring to one of the goals for the future of Rawayana.
The Venezuelan band is also nominated “Best New Artist” at the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, to take place on November 16 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. “We have mixed feelings about our nomination,” said the singer. “I believe that art shouldn’t be rewarded, art is art and that’s it. But we also understand that we are part of the music industry and we appreciate the recognition.”
“To all who are part of the Rawayana family I want to say thank you for believing in us. I am proud of each and every one of you and I know these are hard times for Venezuelans, so news like this help us to remember our influence in the world and our culture does not depend of politics,” said Montenegro.
With a hectic agenda for the rest of the year, the band is getting ready to release a new single from their album Trippy Caribbean, album that highlights the fusion of Caribbean rhythms, from reggae and soca, to bolero and cumbia.