MindChicClub speaks to Rupak, one-third of the band; about how Los Cucurrus was formed, their music and their ‘Cukoo Crimes at the Concourse’ gig.
Started in February 2012, the trio was brought together due to a twist of fate – Benjamin did not have space in his house to accommodate any more people and Taima from Mexico had to move to Rupak’s instead. Taima and Rupak became instant musical soulmates and started to perform Mexican music at a Mexican restaurant on Haji Lane called Piedra Negra.
“The full band came together thanks to a presentation we had at the Esplanade in September 2012,” He adds.
The band was formed, as a matter of mouth and organic evolution and the trio started playing regularly.
So what does this Mexican band play?
“We take traditional folk songs from Mexico and we give them a modern touch with our instrumentation of using non-traditional Mexican instruments like the pianica, cajon and harmonica combined with more traditional instruments like the guitar, jarana and flute.” Rupak explains.
The trio plays music from Latin America (Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela etc.) and adds their own flavour to compositions – An added energy of Los Cucurrus!
“Singaporeans like the mix of both the romantic serenades and energetic Mexican, rumba, catalan and son cubano beats,” Rupak says.
“When we have a good day, people clap. And we have a great day people get up and dance. The most unforgettable days are those when the audience participates in the singing and shares the joy with us wholeheartedly!” He adds.
“Be open and let your heart decide how your body should move when you hear music you enjoy.”
by Melissa Fu