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  1. 1.
    Lit Up!
  2. 2.
    La Rumba de Kingsway
  3. 3.
    ( ( Sun ) )
  4. 4.
    Que Mngwa Llegó
  5. 5.
    Raising Morning
Canadian 8-piece band MNGWA drifts on the far northern shore of the blooming Latin Alternative music movement.
Their debut LP The Strange One encapsulates their spectral sonic ambitions, with a sound orbiting somewhere between cumbia, funk and psych rock. Featuring 16 musicians from 11 different nations, the record literally spans the globe, incorporating instruments utterly unknown to Latin and rock music such as the Vietnamese dan bau and Middle Eastern qanun.
Over the course of The Strange One's eight seismic songs, elements of hip hop, reggae, pop, bhangra, salsa, and metal wriggle their way in and out of the musical landscape. More peculiar is MNGWA's ability to weave all these disparate rhythms into something singular and coherent. Blanca Escobar's mighty Spanish-language vocals ride the wave of polyrhythms, with lyrics celebrating the beauty and struggle of everyday existence, the mystery of nature, and the power of myth.
This could be considered Latin dance music, but also something far more nebulous, intent on navigating globalization with fearlessness and a sense of wonder. On a quest for experiences both mutant and new, MNGWA feeds.


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