Cuñao: Blood, Sand and Solidarity

 

Cuñao is a Latin folk, multi-ethnic group from Los Angeles, California. Their second album Sangre y Arena transports the listener right out into the unforgiving wilderness of the desert. The sociopolitical lyrics merge seamlessly with the African rhythms, Latin beats and American rock aesthetics. More importantly, it shows the sense of solidarity with our Latino community, as they take charge of their musical ability to tell our stories. 

Cuñao speaks in a voice that feels the duality of cultures as the norm not the exception and that learns the way of the new but yearns to belong to the old. 

I had the chance to a brief, inspiring chat with the lead singer and guitarist Julio Montero. 

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