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  • Writer's pictureTyzza Macias

A New Beat on the Block: DARUMAS and the Reshaping of Latin Sound


Photo: Courtesy of Sony Music Latin, Lucía Olmos

In an era marked by constant change and evolution, DARUMAS emerges as a groundbreaking force in the Latin music landscape, heralding a new chapter of musical innovation. This all-female trio, featuring Aldana Aguirre from Argentina on bass and vocals, Ceci León, a Cuban-American on guitar and vocals, and Vedala Velmont, a Haitian singer based in Chile, goes beyond the typical trajectory of a music group; they represent a cultural revival. With their debut album, DARUMAS, named after the symbol of resilience and fortitude, they are set to redefine the contours of Latin music and rejuvenate the allure of live performances


Formed in the crucible of the pandemic's isolation, DARUMAS became more than a musical experiment; it became a movement. Aldana, Ceci, and Vedala, each a musical powerhouse in her own right, brought together their diverse talents and backgrounds to forge a sound that is as eclectic as it is electric. Their debut album, symbolizing resilience and luck after the Japanese Daruma doll, serves as a vibrant testament to their unique blend of Latin funk, pop, and a touch of nostalgia.


The Sound of Resilience

DARUMAS is not just an album; it's a narrative, split into two parts, each telling a story of joy, introspection, and the relentless spirit of creativity. The first part, featuring seven tracks, showcases the band’s artistic vision through a tapestry of heartfelt lyrics and captivating melodies. Each song is a reflection of the trio’s varied geographic roots and personal experiences, offering listeners a fresh and innovative sound that resonates with themes of love, longing, empowerment, and, above all, resilience.


The magic of DARUMAS doesn’t just lie in their lyrics or melodies but also the meticulous craftsmanship behind their music. Recorded at 5020 Studios in Miami under the leadership of Aldana, who not only played the bass but also took part in recording engineering, the album benefits from a collaborative production team. This includes luminaries like Afo Verde, Marjorie Gómez, and Roberto Trujillo, who have previously worked with some of the biggest names in Latin and indie music. Their expertise has helped strike a balance between raw, energetic sounds and polished, refined beats, allowing the true essence of DARUMAS to shine through.


The true test of any musical act today is its ability to capture and hold an audience live, and here, DARUMAS does not disappoint. From their explosive debut at the Movistar Arena in Buenos Aires, opening for Emilia's national tour, to earning a spot on Billboard's watchlist, DARUMAS has proven their mettle on stage. The connection among Aldana, Ceci, and Vedala is palpable, translating into performances that are as powerful as they are heartfelt.


What Lies Ahead

As DARUMAS carves its path into the hearts and soundtracks of global music aficionados, their role transcends musical artistry to become a defining cultural landmark. The album, distinguished by its elaborate production and deep lyrical insight, challenges and reshapes preconceived notions about Latin music. It heralds an epoch where music is not merely a sonic experience but an emotional journey, with each beat and note revitalizing the illustrious tradition of live Latin performances. Amid the ever-evolving music industry, DARUMAS stands as a monument to creativity and the unyielding power of music to unite us. As they embark on this exciting journey, the world pays attention, eager to witness the unfolding of a new musical era.


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