Song of the Condemned

Award-winning New Mexico-based band Baracutanga took several months filming footage for their latest video and single "Son de la Condenada". Filmed on location in and around Albuquerque and Bosque Farms, NM and Juarez, MX, by Humano Productions, the video, which takes a stand against hate and racism, tells the story of an immigrant woman that leaves her family, belongings and country to migrate from the South (a representation of any region/place labeled as under-developed) to the North (a representation of any region/place labeled as affluent and prosperous ). For her, the journey is not about migration to another country just to find work. It is a migration to the North for adventure, knowledge, opportunity, and the kind of friendships she for which she has always longed. La Condenada finds what she is looking for as she makes her way to the United States. Unfortunately she will also discover and endure many hardships and tragedies she never would have imagined on her journey to a new life.  "Son de la Condenada" was written by Baracutanga's Kilko Paz and arranged & performed by Baracutanga.

Baragutanga has from its inception been a socially-conscious, activist unit. Not surprising for a band whose exuberant beating heart, Bolivian multi-instrumentalist Kilko Paz also happens to be the son of famed Bolivian activist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui and whose members include immigrants from Ecuador and Peru and children of immigrants. With "Son de la Condenada" Baracutanga presents a powerful and timely video on immigration, hate, racism and its consequences that is sure to resonate.

  • Kilko Paz-Rivera
    Author
  • Baracutanga
    Name of Band or Artist
  • Kilko Paz-Rivera
    Director
  • Kilko Paz-Rivera
    Writer
  • Kilko Paz-Rivera, Chris A. Aguirre
    Producer
  • Alicia Lueras Maldonado
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Son de la Condenada
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Latin, Cumbia, South American Folk, Huayno
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico, United States
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    18:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Kilko Paz-Rivera

Baracutanga is an Africaan voicing that means “people dancing”. The seven-piece band, representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA), prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new and interesting ways, such as huayño and cumbia with Middle-Eastern darbuka or mixing Afro-Cuban bata and Afro-Peruvian festejo with Andean zampoñas, among several other rhythmic combinations. This kind of experimentation, coupled with blending ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility, has resulted in an exciting and distinct Latin flavor all its own that leaves dancing crowds always wanting more.

Lyrically and musically, Baracutanga proposes to build bridges between the south and the north, overcoming the barriers of discrimination. Aside from their affinity and respect for native rhythms from the lands of their ancestors, the group finds common ground in creating songs that cross linguistic and cultural barriers, promoting intercultural experiences that empower Latinos with a positive message of self-affirmation. They fervently oppose all types of violence and conceive their music as a vessel to increase and acknowledge cultural pluralism.

Baragutanga‘s live shows are joyous, intense and explosive with fronting duties split between powerful Peruvian songstress Jackie Zamora and the band’s exuberant beating heart,
Bolivian multi-instrumentalist Kilko Paz (son of famed Bolivian activist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui). Added magic comes from extraordinary Ecuadorian multi-instrumentalist Carlos Noboa. The group is rounded out by an extremely talented and inventive cast performing on guitars, horns, flutes, accordions, vibes, an array of percussion and all manner of string instruments and is often joined on stage by Afro-Peruvian and Latin dancers.

With their first full-length studio album, Importados, (recorded in Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, NM and Cadiz, Spain) released on September 2015, multiple regional awards and recognition, performances across the Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and California, with stops in NOLA, Austin and México, and an ever-growing fan base, New Mexico-based Baracutanga is ready to spread their fresh take and mix of South American flavors to national and international audiences.

Baracutanga is: Nicholas Baker (USA) – Drum kit, vibraphone, accordion, auxiliary percussion, vocals; Paul Gonzales (USA) –Trumpet and Brazilian percussion; Micah Hood (USA) – Trombone and auxiliary percussion; Carlos Noboa (Ecuador) – Bass, quena, and vocals; Kilko Paz (Bolivia) –Drum kit, surdos, charango, Peruvian cajón and vocals; Randy Sanchez (USA) – Guitar, bass and Cuban tres ; Jackie Zamora (Perú) – Lead vocal.

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Director Statement

BARACUTANGA is an Africaan voicing that means “people dancing”. Because of its onomatopoeic sound, it’s a reminder of the percussive instruments that were dispersed throughout the Americas by African diaspora that has vitally nurtured our native cultures. BARACUTANGA is a group of experienced musicians of diverse backgrounds and origins that proposes to build bridges between the south and the north, overcoming the barriers of discrimination. The south conjugates the past and the future and it is there where we find our roots as a key to survive in a modern world. Our music carries a message of reflection to ignite a positive change of attitudes; which must begin within us and with the acknowledgement of cultural pluralism.