Mexican roots outfit Jarana Beat fuses elements of Mexico’s African and Amerindian traditions with salsa, cumbia, and other contemporary music in its present-day take on folkloric music.
With contagious charm and good vibes, this band is capable of getting any audience on its feet! Musical director Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza has mined the musical traditions of his native Mexico and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct style with roots.
Over the past four years, Jarana Beat has explored diverse types of Mexican and Latin American instrumentation as well as traditional Mexican dress and dance, including percussive footwork, to create its musical amalgam.
Teaching and performing in venues such as Berklee College of Music, The Bowery Ballroom, Symphony Space, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, and a recent interview on NPR’s Tell Me More, Jarana Beat weaves a truly colorful journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico and their songs are capable of getting any audience on their feet!
“Mexico-via-Brooklyn combo Jarana Beat weaves intricate rhythms and delicate plucks with rich, yearning vocals to gorgeous and surprisingly jolly effect. The 14-strong outfit includes dancers, who use their stomps and taps as percussion, and you'll hear Native American, Gypsy and Afro-Mexican motifs in their music. Great stuff.” – Critic's Pick, Time Out New York