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Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

Le Pop Musik

Released: 15th January 2016 | 11 track latin rock album

Arizona's Sergio Mendoza and his band La Orkesta mix myriad Latin styles — what Mendoza calls indie mambo, salted with generous handfuls of cumbia, merengue and ranchera — and then feed all that through a psychedelic prism. They perform their songs with charm and panache, set off by the fireworks of the group's resident showman, the multi-talented Salvador Duran.

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta continue to surprise me both in the studio and onstage live. Mambo Mexicano is the tip of the iceberg of great things to come. -Joey Burns Founder of Calexico/Co-Producer

Sergio Mendoza is probably my favorite musician of this time. He has the cumbia and mambo in his DNA, but he has the power to make it sound like today.

His Orkestra is as punk as the Sex Pistols and as violent as Perez Prado. - Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound

If I had a son... I would want that son to be a musical genius, not unlike a certain dark haired, handsome lad from Tucson I know. The one that plays guitar like a prince, the piano like a king, accordion, percussion and all other instruments like some sort of sub-diety, and the vihuela... like a God. His name would be... SERGIO MENDOZA! - Tom Hagerman of Devotchka

The long awaited debut studio album from Y La Orkesta, Mambo Mexicano!, fulfills it's anticipation, providing impeccably produced new mambo and cinematic latin sounds with indie flourishes. - Duncan Hudson, Music Director KXCI (Tucson, AZ)

Masterly they blend elements of Mambo and Salsa, Jazz and Cumbia. Mariachi brass clash with syncopated beats while the Hammond organ howls and the guitar swivels with evil. Quentin Tarantino's search for the perfect Django soundtrack ends here (Playboy Germany)

A hurricane of contagious lust for life! (WAZ, Germany)

The guitars rattle through the Latin Jazz like telegraph wires (Die Welt)

Tucson, AZ- Most likely most of us haven't heard the term Indie Mambo to describe music before now, because such a style simply did not exist until. Sergio Mendoza not only invented it but coined the phrase in late 2009, in Tucson, Arizona. Mendoza was participating in an annual benefit event held at the world famous Club Congress, called 'The Great Cover-Up,' and had chosen the legendary Cuban bandleader Perez Prado as his coveree, as rules of the event dictated. But combining that influence, as well as Cumbia and other Latin styles, with psychedelia-tinged rock music proved to be a formula that was a winner from the outset. Their debut studio album Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta is OUT NOW (Le Pop Musik/Groove Attack) and is the end-result of what has been a wild ride and musically a lot of fun.

Duncan Hudson, Music Director from KXCI (Tucson, AZ) comments- Y La Orkesta does for mambo what the Daptones did for soul, respect and build upon the spirit of a tradition while incorporating a contemporary sound and audience...Sergio Mendoza, a long time collaborator and sideman with Calexico, Devotchka and a host local and international artists (is) considered the pride of Tucson....

Mendoza and the band have logged in a lot of frequent flier miles recently. Whether it has been criss crossing the globe with Calexico or going down to Mexico City to back up Camilo Lara and his Mexican Institute of Sound (in a head turning performance at Vive Latino), or doing a month long tour in Europe- the band has never sounded better on the road or on record.

Stay tuned for their new album to be released in March 2016 ...