Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles make a movie
To celebrate 20 years making groovy Latin dance tunes, Venezuela's funkiest pop-rock-boogaloo band - Los Amigos Invisibles - have produced a movie called La Casa del Ritmo.
The movie is due to come out in Summer 2012 but a teaser trailer is out now, showing the kind of quality fans have come to expect from the Grammy-winning combo.
Starting out as an indie-underground group playing acid-jazz-inspired funk and boogaloo for a Caracas in-crowd, the six members of Amigos Invisibles were catapulted to international stardom when ex-Talking Head Davis Byrne signed them to his Luaka Bop label in 1996 for the album "The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera".
Since then they have played in over 60 countries, produced seven quality albums, a live concert DVD and are are recognized as one of the best live Latin music acts performing today.
In 2009 their album "Commercial" - featuring the hit single Mentiras - won Best Alternative Music Album at the Latin Grammys.
In 2011, the follow-up album of outtakes "Not So Commercial" was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Latin Rock, Pop or Urban Album, their third Grammy nomination.
Judging by the massive buzz generated by the new movie, it looks set to bring them a whole host of new fans and keep them in business for many years to come.
Los Amigos Invisibles are: Julio Briceño (aka "Chulius", vocals, percussion); José Luis Pardo (aka "Cheo" or "DJ Afro", guitar, songwriting); Armando Figueredo (aka "Odnam", keyboards); Mauricio Arcas (aka "Maurimix", congas, percussion); José Rafael Torres (aka "Catire", bass); and Juan Manuel Roura (aka "Mamel", drums, percussion).