Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Los Amigos Invisibles - Venezuelan Disco Acid Jazz
From starting out as Caracas' "only dance band" to winning a Latin Grammy, Los Amigos Invisibles have definitely put Venezuela on the map in the music world!
When the band got their start in the early 1990's, grunge rock was dominating the airwaves. Offering their friends a more enjoyable, dance-friendly outlet for partying, Los Amigos Invisibles quickly reinvented the club scene in Caracas with their fusion of disco, funk, acid jazz and Latin rhythms. In 1995, EMI released their debut album, A Typical and Autoctonal Venezuelan Dance Band, which was a huge hit in their home country, enabling them to sell out clubs around Caracas for the next couple of years.
They continued on with great success, and their third album, Arepa 3000: A Venezuelan Journey into Space, received a Grammy nomination in the category of "Best Latin Alternative Album" and a Latin Grammy in the category of "Best Rock Album." Following the success of this release, the band relocated to New York City and began work on their masterpiece, The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1, produced by "Little" Louie Vega of Masters at Work.
The band continues to put out quality albums and rack up Grammy nominations. They've caught fire around the globe, and have performed extensively throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Here's a track from their album, Super Pop Venezuela, which was initially offered exclusively in Venezuela. In 2006, the album was released in the U.S., landing the band yet another Grammy nomination in the category of "Best Urban Latin Alternative Album."