Tequila, Sangre y Fuego Watussi Knowfoowl/ Inertia
MELBOURNE has the edge when it comes to Latin crossover: think the Cat Empire, San Lazaro and Labjacd. Watussi is doing its best to help redress the balance. The roll that has taken dynamic frontman- singer Oscar Jimenez and his Colombian- Australian crew from Sydney restaurant gigs to Womadelaide, from quartet to octet, will gain momentum with Tequila, Sangre y Fuego . As polished as it is, this debut album has captured the raw power and intense excitement of a ‘‘ Wah- too- see’’ show ( several live tracks are interspersed with the studio recordings). Featuring distorted lead guitar, a brilliant three- piece brass section and a battery of percussion, the sound is a cross between Santana ( of Abraxas vintage, with the verve of Supernatural ), and Rage Against the Machine with horns. Watussi’s soul, funk, reggae and rock- infused AfroLatin rhythms are a cornucopia for the ear, with grooves and tempos changing and morphing in different directions on most tracks.