Latinaotearoa announce release of third album 'Influencis et Collabis' - shows in NZ & Australia

  Photo by Calypso Paoli

Photo by Calypso Paoli

Latinaotearoa's third studio album Influencis et Collabis collaborates with Kiwi music icons Nathan Haines and Laughton Kora, as well as hip hop artists Black Alien, Melowdownz and Team Dynamite. Influencis et Collabis is set to be released on July 27 through Mucho Aroha Records.

Latinaotearoa have embarked on their most adventurous project yet – an almost spiritual journey through the latin and soul influences that inspired their musical careers. The album is a collection of original songs that Brazilian band leader Bobby Brazuka and Venezualan front woman Jennifer Zea selected to be given the Latinaotearoa treatment, alongside a host of handpicked collaborators.

Influencis et Collabis covers a broad range of genres, from traditional South American styles like samba and bossa nova to modern soul and hip hop.

The new album consists of contemporary re-workings of classic material; 'Leave It' featuring the Portuguese narrative from Rio de Janeiro rapper Black Alien, the hugely successful bossa nova meets West Coast hip hop track 'Jazzy Samba', featuring Team Dynamite and an upbeat version of Raphael Saadiq's neo-soul cult classic 'Skyy, Can You Feel Me', featuring Laughton Kora.

Other standout collaborations include 'One Tree Bossa' featuring jazz great Nathan Haines & multi-talented Julien Dyne, 'Luz y Fiesta' combines forces with Auckland's four piece electronic hip hop group Yoko-Zuna and 'Under the Sun' features the rising West-Auckland rapper Melodownz.

The nine explorative tracks which make up Influencis Et Collabis blends distinct South American flavours with the innovative brilliance of some of New Zealand's most talented musicians. The result is an album that redefines the boundaries of modern latin music – with Aotearoa being its new frontier. 

The stunning cover art was created by Japanese psych-pop artist Tokio Aoyama and the album recorded at Studio 509 in Auckland.

 LATINAOTEAROA  INFLUENCIS ET COLLABIS   1. A Tu Manera  2. Jazzy Samba feat. Team Dynamite 3. Leave It feat. Black Alien 4. Skyy, Can You Feel Me feat. Laughton Kora 5. One Tree Bossa feat. Nathan Haines & Julien Dyne 6. Luz y Fiesta feat. Yoko-Zuna 7. Under the Sun feat. Melodownz 8. Son Montuno 9. Aquarela feat. Ricky de Medeiros & Ge Luz

LATINAOTEAROA
INFLUENCIS ET COLLABIS

1. A Tu Manera
2. Jazzy Samba feat. Team Dynamite
3. Leave It feat. Black Alien
4. Skyy, Can You Feel Me feat. Laughton Kora
5. One Tree Bossa feat. Nathan Haines & Julien Dyne
6. Luz y Fiesta feat. Yoko-Zuna
7. Under the Sun feat. Melodownz
8. Son Montuno
9. Aquarela feat. Ricky de Medeiros & Ge Luz

To celebrate the release, the band are taking their unique brand of latin soul on the road

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