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“Radio La Chusma is, first and foremost, a reggae band, but the band also incorporates cumbia, Afro Cuban music, and world beat rhythms that are a combination of all of the above. A shining representation of the borderland not because it adheres to any one localized style, Radio La Chusma inhabits many. It is a band at the crossroads, with a style and sound that crosses borders and cultures with ease. The band’s reggae roots are most evident in the CDs title track, “Rasta Mexica,” With the hard-driving reggae guitar rhythms the song is both a musical and lyrical explication of “rasta mestizo,” a style that Radio La Chusma has virtually invented, a combination of reggae and various indigenous musical styles. In many ways, Radio La Chusma represents the future of the U.S. encapsulated in one band. They sing in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Their sound is an infectious mix of Caribbean and South American sounds aimed at a mainstream American audience.”
“Best Local Original Band Radio La Chusma Radio La Chusma, an El Paso band that blends rock, reggae and traditional Mexican music, earned this honor through excellence, plain and simple. It's an excellence shaped by hard work - gig by gig, session after session, note for hard-won note. After years as one of El Paso's highest-profile original bands, drawing crowds in ways that only cover bands previously had, La Chusma hit its stride in the past year. The band broke an attendance record for a local act at Music Under the Stars, attracting 13,000 last year. They played South By Southwest, wowing the Austinfolk. They recorded a track with reggae legend Pato Banton. And they live the message of community found in their music, through friendships with like-minded bands like Mexicans at Night and FUGA!, through collaborations with local filmmakers and through gigs at local fests celebrating Chuco culture. Then there's the music: life-affirming, roots-reaching, soul-igniting.”
“That nostalgia finds its expression in the music played early in the career of one Steve Crosno. Crosno managed to recognize that people in El Paso wanted to hear a mixture of blues, norteño, pop and carribean music. El Paso being the place where all those different sounds jumble up together. So he created a unique playlist of doo-wop and early rock’n’roll that took the region by storm. Other deejays had a hand in this too; you can still find some that practice the art form in El Paso. When I was a teenager, I listened to the KBUENA’s Oldies Show on Sundays for my fix. But lately their play lists seem mechanical. I prefer the adept deejaying of Mike Guerrero on his Sunday afternoon “Fox Jukebox” show on 92.3. The El Paso Sound, like Mass, is most frequently practiced on Sundays. El Paso relies on this music as a cultural touchstone. And that’s the genius of La Chusma. Knowing that touchstone, but finding their own thing to add to it. Something entirely new, yet fami”