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Tequila, San­gre y Fuego Wa­tussi Know­foowl/ In­er­tia

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

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.

Tony Hil­lier

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