¡Suénalo! (sweh-nah-low) verb
1. To sound, slap, or play upon a
musical instrument, object, or person.

Latin funk. Fusion. Jam band. Multicultural cocktail. Afro-Latin-Baby-Makin’-Descarga-Funk. Miami’s Suenalo has been crowned the Miami New Times’ Best of Miami Awards: Best Latin Rock Band in 2005, Best Latin Band in 2011, and nominated for Best Band in 2013. Even the lengthy hyphenated description the band came up with themselves falls short of the true breadth of what they represent. If Suenalo’s one of a kind fusion is hard to pinpoint, it’s only because no one’s ever done anything quite like it before.

Afro sounds from Cuba and Puerto Rico meet reggae and rock on top a funky groove. Jazz and electro hook up for a sidewalk make-out session. Hip-hop hums from the pavement, and R&B drifts in the warm nights of Miami. Suenalo reaches to far-flung corners and retrieves all these elements, mashing them together and marrying them into a truly multicultural family.

With three albums under their belt, Suenalo has managed to display a mastery of both the studio and the stage. They have shared stages in the past year with the likes of Pitbull, Ozomatli, Chaka Khan, Soullive, Spirogyra, and Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def), just to name a few. From their 2003 debut "Collages" to 2006’s self-titled studio effort and 2009’s "Live at Transit," the band has been hard at work building momentum for their recent selection as an official 2012 SXSW Artist. Crowds should expect the same high energy that they continuously bring to local and national festivals such as Calle Ocho, Carnival on the Mile, Virginia Key Grassroots, Langerado, Tropical Heatwave, and Shakori Hills--and beyond to cities like New York, New Orleans, Asheville, Tampa, Orlando and Chicago.

Suenalo has just hit their stride, gelling with what they feel is the most complete lineup ever. With plans to tour in 2013 and an upcoming album, be sure to keep this audio melting pot high on your radar.

About the members:
The 10-year compromise between some of Miami’s most talented musicians thrives on one ideal: that music should move the audience. Nine full-time members driving the eclectic sound are musical director Carlos Guzman on bass, vocalist/MC Amin De Jesus, vocalist Michelle Forman, sax and flute player Juan Turros (formerly a member of David Lee Roth’s and Maynard Ferguson’s bands), Chad Bernstein on trombone and conch shells (also of Spam Allstars, and has played with Pee Wee Ellis’ African Tribute to James Brown project, and Natalie Cole’s band), percussionist Allan Ramos, drummer Abner Torres (formerly a member of Julio Iglesias’ band), Adrian Gonzalez on piano and vocals, and guitarist Eric Escanes.

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