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QUITAPENAS [key-ta pen-ahs]: that’s us. Worries? We’ll take those for you.
The world feels divided sometimes. We aim to bring people together, letting our music create the place where people can meet one another, smile, talk and of course, dance.
We’re a product of history, time and place. Looking at a map, you’d say Africa and South America were pretty far apart. Yet the traditional rhythms of West Africa made their way across the ocean and into Colombian-based cumbia. Over years, those sounds made their way up the continent, finding our ears in Southern California, and creating the basis for the music of QUITAPENAS.
Traditional rhythms tend to pull people together, whether they meant to listen or not. We want to continue sharing the sense of community that music has in bringing people together, and most importantly getting them to dance.
Why We’re Here
Here’s our plan:
First: to hit the studio. We’re ready to record, but we need money for studio time — this should cost about $2500.
Second: to tour Japan. Our friends and fellow musicians, Chicano Batman have offered to help us book gigs, but we need funding to get us and our instruments across the Pacific — this should cost about $3000.
Finally: equipment. We’ve been playing with a small bass amp for years, and while we know that even mediocre equipment sounds good when played well, we know an upgrade will only result in a better sound. Oh and John really could use a new Hohner accordion. Any money raised over $6000 will go toward this.
Our music is a backdrop. Whether you want to kick back, let your eyes wander and your mind daydream, or whether you want to stand up and shake it, we’re your band. While we consider ourselves an Afro-Latin dance band, that title comes with history. In creating our music, we honor where the origins of our sound. However you enjoy us, what we really hope is to live up to our name and take your worries away.