From their birth on New York City's mean streets, King Chango quickly established themselves at the top of Latin rock's international heap with their debut 'King Chango'. Their mix of hard-charging ska, Latin rhythm, and roots reggae converted virgin audiences into true believers from Venezuela to Mexico, Spain, and Japan.
The world of Latin alternative music has exploded. The so-called Latin Boom in mainstream U.S. pop has nothing on a worldwide revolution that's seen whole genres -- from Latin electronica to bilingual hip-hop-- spring up from Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and beyond. King Chango proved themselves to be in the vanguard of a post modern, mix-n-match aesthetic; a multicultural, co-ed band of Venezuelans, Asians, Dominicans, Nuyoricans, and more made something new out of traditional music from mariachi to mambo, dub to cumbia.
Reviews"Drawing upon elements of ska/reggae, bossa nova, punk, Latin, jazz and soul for an aural potpourri of sounds, these mix masters set different types of music next to each other on each song, bouncing back and forth between Latin and ska on the appropriately titled "Latin Ska." As is always the case with ska, fun is the prime directive for these Latin rudeboys, who make their album sound like one big party. If you're looking for songs with a Latin influence, check Out "Melting Pot" and "French Lady." If you're looking for a funky backdrop for a cart or voice-over, try the little wah wah soul guitar instrumental called `African Fever." - Tad Hendrickson, CMJ