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RAZA (Cumbia EP)

by ESSO, Armando Pérez

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Somos Azteca Maya [Bbm | Ab Bbm] Ay vienen los piratas, piratas de la barca Es lo que siempre pasa Vienen los q atacan, viven los que se escapan (riff interludes) Fueron Azteca Maya Llegaron los piratas, piratas de la barca Somos de una Raza Orgullo mexicano, mestiza es el alma
FABIA (Am, E7) Start tribal cumbia beat enter vocal and guitars Aguanta, resiste, aguanta, me quitan el tiempo con chamba reptiles me roban mi lana, de lejos llorando con Fabia Suave casi como un suspiro (entre la gente se escucha) Todos somos una familia (entre la gente se escucha) Luchando por lo nuestro mirando así al futuro No boraran la historia de la gente fuerte [Am, G, F, E7] No boraran la historia en el pueblo se escucha (bridge) [Dm | % | G | E7 | Am E7 | % | % | %] coro *bass in 3rd and 4th pass Se oye nuestro grito ardiente (entre la gente se escucha) Raises de latino america (entre la gente se escucha) Familia somos una mirando así al futuro vamos a traer nuestro cambio
Linda, bonita, Catrina Dm, Am, Gm, Dm, A7 (verse) Te vi caminando después de mi siesta Linda, bonita, catrina Permite q te lleve a la fiesta Baila baila conmigo baila Gm, Dm, Gm, A7 (coro) Come conmigo un mazapán Vámonos vámonos a la casa Pícame con besitos de alacrán Linda, bonita, catrina Quieres llevarme ahi de la mano Linda, bonita, catrina Me quedo saludame a los que amo
Yo no quiero dinero mama [A , F#m , D , E] verse Ya lo sabes muy bien Yo no quiero los juegos mama Ya lo sabes muy bien Orgullo tenia y plata también [D | A C#m] bridge Coches y ropa dinero de sobra Esas cositas no son de cualquiera Orgullo tenia y plata también Coches y ropa tequila de sobra Esas cositas no valen la pena Solo quiero darte calor [D , E , F#m, E] pre coro Antes de que te vayas coro 2 X La luz que me das la quiero aun mas [A, C#m, Bm, D, E] Seria incapaz no puedo vivir esta vida Seria tan fría Haria tanto frio (sin tu calorcito)
Goza con encanto Esta sensación Contigo no estoy solo Combida tu calor


September is my birth month. I have four immediate family members and several close friends who also share this month and astrological identity. Every year at this time, you can hear car horns blaring on the streets as Mexicano, Chicano, Latinx people celebrate their independence from Spain, specifically México for me (September 16th, 1810 - September 27th, 1821). It was a revolutionary civil war that lasted years. The indigenous stewards of the land against the invading conquistadores. Aztec and Mayan spirit Gods against the European expansion of culture and religion was a calamity.

I spent half my childhood in Tlaltenango. When I travelled Spain to visit Erin in Madrid, and Aaron in Barcelona, I took in all the history I could. It was my pilgrimage. The more I learned, the more I felt the visceral shame of the invader's history and conversely proud of the resilient indigenous peoples who fought for their independence. Why did I feel this? I came from both. Over the years the combining cultures became known as Mestizo. I am that combination of the two.

These songs express some of my thoughts during this process. It was cathartic to record these tunes and explore the vibes, the instrumentation, and finally the lyrics. I hope you can enjoy it and reflect with me. This is the RAZA Cumbia Mixtape EP.

¡Que viva México!
-Armando Pérez


released September 15, 2020

Produced by Armando Pérez for Sonic Octopus Records
Recorded at Belmont Electric Studios Chicago IL
Mixed + mastered by Rollin Weary
All music, lyrics, and instruments (except noted) by Armando Pérez
Additional lyrics and vocals by Emil Rojo, Rene Lemus

"La Luz" features: Diana Mosquera, Dan Lieber (vocals), Andres Alberto Lopez Narvaez (drums and fills on "Raza")

"Cumbia del Encanto" features: Dan Lieber (drums and percussion, vocals, Moog solo harmony on "Linda Catrina"), Kevin Miller (saxophones and group vocals), Matthew Davis (trombone), Bo Osinski (trumpet), Juan Lugo (percussion), Diana Mosquera, Puerko Pitzotl, Ezra Lange, Logan Lu (group vocals)


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ESSO is the bilingual fusion dance band project of Mexican-American songwriter and producer, Armando Pérez. Modern urban tropical. ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat & Sonic Octopus Records.

ESSO es la creación musical del compositor y productor mexicano-estadounidense, Armando Pérez. Música tropical urbana moderna.
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