Led by the incredibly talented and equally eclectic Blanquito Man, King Chango had the crowd jumping, screaming, and singing along to classics like “Sin Ti” and “Latin Ska.”It was obvious that the band missed being on stage and that their heart and soul was being poured into their performance. Their high, positive energy and big smiles was contagious. Before you knew it, the audience was jumping on stage with them to dance alongside and keep the vibe up.The band gave their fans everything they had, playing all their old hits, and introducing the new ones that will be featured on their upcoming 2010 album release. The tunes weren’t the only newbies that night, though. King Chango introduced its new members and special guests, Kamil Zelaa - from Venezuela – trumpet, Efrain Jurado Olivares - Salvadoreño NYC - keyboard #2, and Candice Cannabis a.k.a. Blonde Phantom - Special Guest - NYC – vocals. And let’s not forget Blanquito Man’s new look, sans-dreads!!The night ended with an encore set featuring the ever-popular “Imigrante” and a remix of “Sin Ti.”It was a great night, with great music, and a warm feeling that life is good…again. Welcome back, King Chango!!!
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LAMC hits the spot with a show on the rooftop of El Museo Del Barrio. A perfect summer breeze passes through the intimate crowd as Pacha Massive performs against a beautiful view of NYC skyscrapers. Pacha Massive's sultry female vocalist was hypnotizing and melodic. As her latin, jazz influenced voice flowed to the reggae, cumbia beats, I quickly felt like the roof was really an island and my coke was a mimosa. Dominican born, Nova, blends in his hip hop-reggae stylings for a smooth, funky ride that gets the crowd in a real sexy grooving mood.
King Chango proved that a 7 year hiatus is well worth the wait when this band’s performance proved to be a musical adrenaline rush of pure body rocking, booty bumping excitement! Vocalist, Venezuelan/American, Blanquito Man, was magnetic as his energy on stage pulled the audience in and didn't let them go until he was done with them. With each pelvic thrust pumping to the beat of his own drummer, Luis Jesus Ruiz, Blanquito wasn’t afraid to leave little to the imagination. Such a raw, naughty performance made me feel slightly embarrassed until I saw a grandmother of three, dirty dancing next to me. This was the true beauty of the scene King Chango had created at El Museo. King Chango's music had something to please everyone's taste. With songs like "Sin Ti", Blanquito's voice drives to your soul, filled with passion and sincerity. "Sin Ti" was even more powerful live. This band cleverly knows how to spread messages ranging from politics to love, through their infectious rhythms. One of my favorite tunes of the night,was about their appreciation for a special plant. Who knew King Chango were such nature lovers? Guitarist, Miguel Oldenburg, added a rock and roll flair with his bluesy electrical solos to which Blanquito Man went from dancing meringue to headbanging in a spilt second. With their funky horns section, you experience a fusion that is explosive. Ska is not dead because Latin Ska is just starting to erupt.
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Published on December 01, 2009 at 1:05pm
In the mid-'90s, many considered the multimember New York City act King Chango to be part of the larger constellation of ska revival acts flourishing in the Big Apple. But the band's musical roots ran deeper than those of many of its peers. Yes, the "Chango" in its name is indeed a nod to the Yoruba god, and the band was also founded by the Venezuelan-born Andrew "Blanquito Man" Blanco. As such, King Chango brought a hard-charging sound to its brass section, with a larger section of the Caribbean and Latin America influencing its sonic brew. The Latin touch also helped the band escape much of the derision later lobbed at the more purist ska acts, and the Latin alternative scene gleefully embraced King Chango in its later years. Another way in which the band stood out was with its openly political lyrics. In recent years, for instance, the band has vocally supported the removal of U.S. troops from the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
Though King Chango disbanded in 2003, Blanco announced earlier this year in a Blogspot post that the group was officially back together. Since then, it has appeared at a number of industry showcases, such as the national tour dates. With a new (and coed!) lineup, the band delivers a sound that's even more boisterous and Latin, but it still touches on the influence of Jamaican beats. Fans should feel especially lucky about catching this show: Blanco was recently rushed to the hospital for emergency gallbladder surgery, forcing the cancellation of two shows in his native Venezuela. The band's performance at the North Beach Bandshell, though, should find him in high spirits and ready again to party for a revolution.Conference and CMJ, and has launched a few
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Blanquito Man was rushed to the hospital emergency room in NYC on October 23rd, 2009 in terrible pain and had an emergency operation. He underwent a Laparoscopic Surgery to remove his gallbladder which had become internally inflamed and infected. Fortunately, and thanks to the early clinical intervention, the surgery was a success! After two days of hospitalization followed by recuperating at home, he is recovering well and taking rest at the recommendaton of the surgeons for a successful post-operative recovery.
Unfortunately, two shows in Venezuela: Anfiteatro de Sambil, Caracas Nov 13, 2009, & Bahia Rasta Bar, Maracaibo Nov 14th, 2009, had to be postponed and rescheduled due to this medical emergency, but new show dates will be announced soon! Full ticket refund is available for those who bought tickets at place of purchase...
Thanks to all for your best wishes & blessings!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
King Changó is back! Our band is now in rehearsals to begin performing live soon. We may have taken a break as a group. But we never stopped believing in our causes. One of these causes is the struggle to bring peace and justice to the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
King Changó is proud to have been involved in the movement to get the U.S. Navy out of Vieques. We were in Washington, DC in 1999 performing in front of the White House at pro-Vieques rallies. We played concerts in DC and NY to advocate for the Navy's exit for Vieques, and proudly displayed our "US Navy out of Vieques" stickers in our live shows (and on the inside of our CD, "The Return of El Santo"). We recorded the song "¡Al Rescate de Vieques!": http://www.viequeslibre.addr.com/mp3/Al%20Rescate%20de%20Vieques.mp3
While we celebrate the fact that the Navy finally left Vieques in May 2003, there is still widespread contamination and a health crisis on the island, as a result of over six decades of bombing with everything from napalm to depleted uranium.
Now that King Changó is back, we call on our friends to get involved in the cause for peace and justice for Vieques. Contact the White House and your Members of Congress. Ask them to provide for the most appropriate and modern methods for an optimal clean up and decontamination of Vieques. Ask them to immediately address the health crisis caused by the Navy in Vieques. Ask them to have th e federal agency known as the "Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry" (ATSDR) withdraw their discredited studies which absurdly alleged that there is no link between the toxins and chemicals used by the Navy and the health crisis among the people of Vieques. Please see the document below titled "Letter-writing Campaign to Help Resolve the Current Health Crisis in Vieques" and take action!
Thank you and...Stay tuned to our official blog for photos, videos, news and updates!
For more info and news about Vieques Libre, please visit http://www.viequeslibre.addr.com
The people of Vieques suffer from a wide range of serious diseases due to heavy metal contamination of their island after over six decades of bombardment by the U.S. Navy with everything from depleted uranium to napalm. In 1999, residents of Vieques chose the Eaves Law Firm to represent their claims for compensation from the U.S. government. Since then, almost 8,000 victims of exposure to military toxics in Vieques have joined this lawsuit. Litigation is now pending in federal court in Puerto Rico.
In response to the litigation, the U.S. government - in representation of the U.S. Navy - has claimed "sovereign immunity", the antiquated defense that asserts "the king can do no wrong." We must demand that the Obama Justice Department abandon the use of this antiquated contrivance to thwart justice. We must demand that Viequenses be allowed their day in court.
We must also demand that the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) immediately retract its fatally flawed 2002-2003 reports that erroneously claimed that there is no connection between the heavy metal contamination and the illnesses and deaths suffered on Vieques. (The ATSDR is part of the Center for Disease Control or CDC). The ATSDR studies are the cornerstone of the government's case against compensating the victims. The Eaves Law Firm urges that all its clients and other residents contact the White House and Congress immediately to ask for action on the health crisis. Sample messages are below. Please send a copy of your letters to the Eaves Law Firm: Johnjr@eaveslaw. com
Address your letters and email messages to President Obama, Congress, and the EPA:
The White House – "We need help with the health situation on our island"
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
To send e-mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Congressman Alan Grayson – "Thank you for pressuring the ATSDR until the withdrawal of its prior studies regarding Vieques"
Office of Congressman Alan Grayson
1605 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2176
Fax: (202) 225-0999
To send e-mail: https://forms.house.gov/grayson/contact-form.shtml
Congressman Steven R. Rothman – "Thank you for pressuring the ATSDR until the withdrawal of its prior studies regarding Vieques"
2303 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5061
Fax: (202) 225-5851
To send e-mail: https://forms.house.gov/rothman/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson – "Please stop the proposed burning"
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-4700
To send e-mail: http://publicaccess.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/publicaccess.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php
Resident Commisioner Pedro Pierluisi – "Thank you for pressuring the ATSDR until the withdrawal of its prior studies regarding Vieques"
1218 Longworth HOB 250 Calle Fortaleza
Washington, DC 20515 Old San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (202) 225-2615 Phone: (787) 723-6333
Fax: (202) 225-2154 Fax: (787) 729-7738
To send e-mail: http://pierluisi.house.gov/email.html
Contact your pastors and ask them to call their clerical representatives in Washington about Vieques and call all of your contacts in media organizations.
Message for The White House – "We need help with the health situation in Vieques. The Navy created a health crisis and they need to address it. President Obama pledged to address the health situation in Vieques. The time to do so is now."
Message to Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) and to Congressman Steve R. Rothman (D-NJ) – "Thank you for asking t he ATSDR to reexamine the agency's public health assessments in Vieques. We need you to pressure the agency until it withdraws its prior health assessments in Vieques."
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson – "We need you to intervene and stop the proposed burning of some 200 acres of vegetation in Vieques. This proposed burning will only add to the health crisis in Vieques by further spreading toxins and chemicals."
Resident Commisioner Pedro Pierluisi –
(In English) – "We need you to make sure the requested congressional field hearings in Vieques about the health crisis and the ATSDR take place. We also need you to pressure the ATSDR until it withdraws its prior health assessments in Vieques and to ask President Obama that he fulfill his pledge to address the health situation in Vieques now.
(en español) – "Gracias por solicitar, junto al Congresista Grayson, que se realicen vistas congresionales sobre los estudios del ATSDR en Vieques y la crisis de salud. Le pedimos que trabaje para que esas vistas se conviertan en realidad. Le pedimos también que presione al ATSDR a que retire sus estudios previos sobre Vieques y que le solicite al Presidente Obama que haga cumplir su palabra de atender la crisis de salud en Vieques."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Changó Family Is Growing!
King Changó proudly welcomes additional members and special guests to the crew!
Kamil Zelaa - from Venezuela - trumpet
Sammy Zelaa - from Venezuela - trombone, percussion
Efrain Jurado Olivares - Salvadoreño NYC - keyboard #2
Candice Cannabis a.k.a. Blonde Phantom - Special Guest - NYC - vocals
Sunday, August 16, 2009
King Changó has partnered with Fast Lane International for performance bookings!
Since 1984 Fast Lane has represented premier Reggae, Ska, Caribbean, African and Alternative artists for some of the most prestigious musical events, venues and private engagements in the US and the world over. Fast Lane is a international agency serving a global community. There are no time zones here. We conduct business in multiple languages and are available 24/7 to offer support to touring artists and promoters of special events.
In addition to our current roster of exclusive artists, we have represented promoters or artists to secure successful international performances for many others including: Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Sean Paul, Akon, Third World, Toots and The Maytals, Buju Banton, TOK, Capleton, Morgan Heritage, The Wailers, Kymani Marley, Julian Marley, Junior Kelly, Bushman and many others.
For King Changó Booking Inquiries Please Contact:
Fast Lane International
4856 Haygood Road Suite 203
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
PH: 757-497-2669 FX: 757-497-5159