LIVE REPORTCafé de Paris7/27 FRI
Straight from the streets of Columbia
Rancho Aparte is one of several fantastic Latin American groups invited to Fuji Rock this year. They’re a kind of folk street band from Columbia, playing Afro-Latin music that feels like it’s meant to be played marching through the streets or in open air festivals. The ensemble of six features marching band type instruments, tuba, clarinets, bass drum, cymbals, snare drum and hand percussion. It’s lively mix of sambas and other traditional rhythms, performed as Spanish ballads, Latin raps, call-and-response and group chants. With its base in dance rhythms, the music had no trouble getting feet moving amongst a lively and eager audience at the Cafe de Paris. Though band members spoke decent English in their exchanges of crowd banter, the crowd was ready with at least a bit of Spanish. At the close of the set, chants of “Uno Mas!” wouldn’t let the band exit the stage before two encores were delivered. Band leader Dino “the animal” Manuelle, smiling and drenched in sweat, happily gave the crowd what they wanted. “Uno mas?” he said. “OK! Uno mas!” And then, everyone was dancing again for one more song.