Chico Trujillo is Chile’s most prominent Cumbia band. They are the soundtrack to every party from Santiago to Valparaiso. They can fill stadiums, have played with legends Los Tres and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Their mixture of classic cumbia and hints of rock and ska has assured them audiences from every generation and every walk of life.
Chico Trujillo started as an offshoot of punk/Ska band LaFloripondio in 1999. Fifteen years and six albums later, the offshoot has come to symbolize a uniquely Chilean cocktail. One that is rooted in the cumbias of the pre-Pinochet days and manages to incorporate every aspect of Chile’s popular culture. They have meshed bits and pieces of Chile’s fragemented past with the global influence of alternative culture and merged it all under the pan-latin banner of Cumbia.
Their new album, Reina de Toda Las Fiestas, will be be released in June.
“Lollapalooza Chile has introduced me to a world-class party band: Chico Trujillo, a local favorite who had a huge crowd shouting along. Every party band needs a rhythm, and Aldo Asenjo, the band’s leader and singer, relies on cumbia, the
beat heard in countless variations across Latin America.
Cumbia often trots calmly, but Chico Trujillo’s version
gallops, bounding along; now and then, the music switches
into rumba, equally upbeat. Mr. Asenjo sings lyrics as chattery and percussive as some hip-hop, taking on the ups and downs
of love and life, with his voice answered by chortling horns — did he borrow the arranging idea from ska bands? — and a tootling, circusy organ. Syncopation, momentum and a way of romping through pain — a party band needs them all, and
Chico Trujillo has them.”
Jon Pareles. The New York times.