El-Haru Kuroi - "El Cucui" (video 2014)
El-Haru Kuroi is: Eddika E. Organista, Michael A. Ibarra, and Dominique Rodriguez
Via El-Haru Kuroi:
El Haru Kuroi, an East Los Angeles trio rooted in Mexican, South American and African melodies and rhythms has initiated a fierce style and sound.
Grupo El-Haru Kuroi performs throughout the Los Angeles area in community and cultural festivals, gallery openings and various clubs. They have performed at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum, The Levitt Pavillion in MacArther Park, The Eagle Rock Music Festival and The Mayan Theater, opening up for Gogol Bordello. They have also ventured on a South West tour toward New Orleans spreading their sound in other parts of America.
Their music is also featured in an independent film, most recently the documentary, “Homeboy,” one of the first of its kind, to explore homosexuality amongst the Mexican American cholo community, in the 80’s and 90’s.
El Haru Kuroi has two full length albums and one acoustic EP. The release of the newest album”CantaGallo,” is the latest sound of El-Haru Kuroi as they continue to evolve as people and musicians, bringing a sound of their own: ” East Los Angeles Nueva Tropicalia.” Currently, El-Haru Kuroi is working on their next albums, which include an Acoustic LP, a Two Song 7”, and an Electric Full Lenght, with singles to be released periodically during the process.
More info on the band visit: http://www.elharukuroi.com
I came upon El-Haru Kuroi's music a few months back through their gigs with a CAM favorite Chicano Batman. When the video for “El Cucui” was released earlier this month I wanted to share the upbeat musical composition and the visuals of this very talented band. To me “El Cucui” has a very reminiscent sound of the classic Sonora Dinamita dance floor fillers, which I can bet this song has that effect too.
I sent out an email to the band to find out more about them and the song that had me groovin’.
I received a response from Eddika (voice/guitar), who was kind enough to answer all my questions. She also shared with me the process it took in creating the video for “El Cucui” composition.
Via El-Haru Kuroi (Eddika):
"Well in respect to the song, its a well known folk tale that has many versions throughout Latin America and even here in the states regarding what the "boogie man" or "El Cu Cui" might do out there in the night. For children, usually El Cu Cui is a scare tactic used by parents and it was created a while back for a halloween show that we were in. Regarding the video, it was a long process which began round 2007. The process being the construction of all the masks that you see in the video, which were hand built (paper machie) and individually painted. Some were built back in 2007 to be stored and partially deteriorating for years because of other priorities that came up. But finally we finished the masks and shot scenes last year at the Linda Vista Hospital and the final scenes this year in the vicinity of City Terrace, Boyle Heights and East LA as well as the bar scene at Las Palomas in Boyle Heights on 1st. St."
El-Haru Kuroi will be performing June 20, 2014 with Chicano Batman, Quita Penas, Viento Callejero at Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside, CA.