Chico Trujillo Band Bio, Wiki, Members, Music Styles and Influences
Chico Trujillo a Chilean Band
Chico Trujillo Band Bio, Wiki
Chico Trujillo Genres: New Chilean cumbia, Bolero, Ska, Reggae, Rock
Chico Trujillo Biography
Chico Trujillo is a New cumbia band merging cumbia, ska, reggae and rock, among other styles.
The band formed in Villa Alemana, Zona Central, Chile, in 1999following a tour that lead singer Aldo Enrique Asenjo Cubillos – known as “Macha” – undertook with his then band La Floripondio through the cities of Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. Chico Trujillo’s first songs were born of jamming sessions with Asenjo and his friend Antonio Orellana, and their sound gradually attracted new members to the band. This lineup led to their first album, Chico Trujillo y la Señora Imaginación, in 2001.
Chico Trujillo Musical style and influences
Chico Trujillo mixes original songs with traditional cumbia, exploring styles as diverse as boleros and ska, Andean folk and hip hop, reggae and rock, in a popular live act. A post on the New York Times Artsbeat blog described Chico Trujillo’s signature sound:
“Every party band needs a rhythm, and Aldo Asenjo, the band’s leader and singer, relies on cumbia, the beat heard in countless variations across Latin America. Cumbia often trots calmly, but Chico Trujillo’s version gallops, bounding along; now and then, the music switches into rumba, equally upbeat. Mr. Asenjo sings lyrics as chattery and percussive as some hip-hop, taking on the ups and downs of love and life, with his voice answered by chortling horns — did he borrow the arranging idea from ska bands? — and a tootling, circusy organ. Syncopation, momentum and a way of romping through pain — a party band needs them all, and Chico Trujillo has them.”
As they themselves explain, Chico Trujillo has “been able to mix pieces of the past with the global influence of alternative culture, bringing it all together under the Pan-American flag of the cumbia.”