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“Hycha Wy” in the Muisca language, means “I am” in past or present tense depending on the context. This is the name of Nemegata’s debut LP, recorded by Beto Martinez (Prince / Brownout / Grupo Fantasma), and by longtime collaborator and colleague Juan Alvarez "El Mono", out on Chicago’s indie label Sonorama Discos. The album puts into context a far-reaching exploration into the many channels of influence this band possesses. Synthesizing tradition with elements of South American and African psychedelia through imaginary landscapes inviting the listener into what is without a doubt a sonic trip towards resignified roots and ancestry.

Senior Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine David Fricke gave Hycha Wy a 4-star review on UK’s MOJO Magazine calling it “ Rhythmic ambition and spiritual verve, this power-trance trio is a genuine pan-American thrill, fusing shamanistic pulse, cumbia-via-New Order, garage blues minimalism, and Bay Area- ‘60s psychedelia as if the were all native tongues.”

Among Austin Chronicle’s top 10 new local acts of 2019, and Austin’s top 100 albums of 2020, this band has risen from an inseparable strong bond and love for their roots.

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