All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch: seven must-see artists at SXSW 2022. Hosted by Jody Denberg // produced by Art Levy.
For more than a decade, the Kansas City-formed quartet Making Movies has given the world a one-of-a-kind blend of cumbia, psychedelia, American roots, Afro-Latino rhythms, spoken word – and ROCK! (They are, after all, named after a classic Dire Straits album). Led by Panamanian-American brothers Enrique and Diego Chi, they have, over the course of 5 albums and on countless stages, told stories reflecting their American experience.
Making Movies collaborates with other like-minded LatinX peers like Ruben Blades and Las Cafeteras, and Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin is a big fan–he produced the band’s last two albums. And even though they have performed at the Kennedy Center and been nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2019, you get the feeling they have more ears to reach and uplift. A fourth album is on the way, and this year they’re playing the prestigious Vive Latino and Machaca festivals, as well as SXSW.