Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Austin Vida: Martín Perna, from New York to Nicaragua

ocote soul

What started as your average college roommate situation in the mid 1990s ended up spawning some of the most interesting music of the 2000s: Antibalas, TV On The Radio, and now Ocote Soul Sounds, a band you probably haven’t heard of but a band that you should lend your undivided attention to if you dig funk, Latin music, and world beats. Ocote band leader and multi-instrumentalist Martín Perna has been at the center of it all. Austin Vida sat down with Perna at the Pachanga music festival to discuss Ocote, his musical development, and his Ry Cooder-like role with a group of Nicaraguan music legends. Central America might just have its own Buena Vista Social Club by the name of Bluefields Sound System. Look for that album later this year. Ocote’s newest album Coconut Rock hits stores today (June 23), out on ESL Music.

Read the Q&A at Austin Vida.

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