Photo: Los Rabanes
The Panamanian rock group Los Rabanes is returning to the United States after an absence of 10 years and launching a tour that will begin in Miami on Oct. 31 and will also take the band to Washington, Connecticut and New York.
After a decade away from U.S. stages, the bandmembers who won a Latin Grammy in 2007 say that returning to the country to promote their new album “Urban Rock” is “very satisfying.”
“Many fans have written us and are anxiously awaiting these concerts. We want to ... get together with them again, and we also have new fans who have discovered Rabanes thanks to the Internet, through the social networks like Youtube. This fills us with delight,” the group’s vocalist, Emilio Regueira, told Efe on Tuesday.
The band founded in 1992 and famous for numbers such as “De Colores,” “My Commanding Wife” and “Perfidia” will kick off its tour on Halloween in Miami, moving on to Washington on Nov. 1, and to Connecticut and New York over the following two days.
“This is a new phase for Rabanes in the U.S. market and we hope to become reacquainted with our fans and please new generations,” said Regueira.
He said that the show the group - which also includes Christian Torres and Javier Saavedra - will offer will be “very energetic, very intense, with many songs from our albums and we’ll interact with the public. We’re a fusion band but with a very punk spirit.”
In their more than two-decade-long career, the bandmembers from Chitre, Panama, have recorded eight studio albums and worked with Ruben Blades, Don Omar and Vicentico.
Regarding “Urban Rock,” Regueira said that it is “a mix of urban elements, with the collaboration of key Panamanian rap artists combined with our ‘rock fusion’ style. Rhythms like dance hall, calypso (and) electronic bits are mixed together. It’s an album that is based on the essence of Los Rabanes.”
The group is preparing a new album to be released in 2014 because, Regueira said, Los Rabanes intends to continue playing “until death do us part…”