Hearing Voices With Nemegata

Michael Minasi / KUTX

Nemegata brings Colombia to life on Voces, out now via Spaceflight Records

Voces album cover Voces album cover. Courtesy Spaceflight Records

Watching Nemegata perform live feels a bit like attending an ancient shamanic ceremony that booked Mars Volta as the headliner. One minute you’re jamming along to some blistering Andean prog rock and the next you’re communing with your ancestors and you’ve left your nice shoes at home. Luckily for us, Nemegata is adept at navigating the cosmic threads that tie past to present and always bring the listener back to solid ground before blasting back into the ether.

On their new album, Voces, the Austin based power trio bends traditional Latin music through the prism of 60’s and 70’s psychedelia to create a kaleidoscope of sound that celebrates the magic and majesty of their native Colombia. As the album title suggests, the songs on Voces (Voices in English) are intended to give voice to their Afro-indigenous ancestors silenced by historical injustice and give strength to the millions of present-day Colombians fighting for a better tomorrow. 

Michael Minasi / KUTX Nemagata soundchecks in Studio 1A

To capture this time-traveling, globe-trotting music on record, the band turned to longtime musical partner Juan “El Mono” Alvarez and Austin music royalty and Grammy-winning artist Beto Martinez (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Money Chicha), an expert at fusing disparate genres into powerful arrangements. A valuable skill when any given song on Voces might incorporate Tinariwen inspired guitar riffs, backbeats that would make J Dilla jealous, and cumbia rhythms guaranteed to get los abuelos out on the dance floor. 

Get a taste of Nemegata’s mind altering music with their recent visit to Studio 1A and celebrate the new release, with an in store performance at Waterloo Records on October 6th at 5:00 PM. ACL Fest attendees will also have a chance to catch the band Saturday of Weekend 2 at 12:00 on the Barton Springs Stage. And Vinyl collectors can snag a limited edition pressing of Voces from the Austin music lovers over at Try Hard Coffee.


Set List:


“Quiero Llegar”


Album: Voces (Spaceflight Records)

Musicians: Victor-Andres Cruz “El Guambito” – guitar, vocals; Cesar Valencia “I Nova” – bass, drums; Fabian Rincon “Don Fabo” – drums, samples

Credits: Producer: Deidre Gott; Production Assistant: Confucius Jones; Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman; Audio Mix: Rene Chavez; Cameras: Renee Dominguez, Michael Minasi; Edit: Renee Dominguez

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