Nohe & Sus Santos
Latinx Passion, Soul, Attitude
Nohe & Sus Santos
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Nohe & Sus Santos (Nohe and Her Saints) have not sat on their hands during the pandemic. While they were not able to return to stages across the country, they released their debut CD the at once subtle and intense - and completely sublime - Tempestad, (Santo Records/Avokado Artists/distributed by Casete) and a number of singles, including their original take of the Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad", " La Nave Del Ovido" and an acoustic version of the title track of their CD "Tempestad" (with special guest Jordan Wax of Lone Pinon). Their music will be heard in the feature length film ¿Dónde Está La Cigueña? (Where Is The Stork?, September 2021). And the band's multi-talented vocalist and namesake Nohelia Sosa had a role in the hilarious feature film Half Brothers.
Nohe & Sus Santos is a four piece band that mixes Spanish and English vocals with the musical traditions and vibes of Central and North America. Incorporating Alt-Rock en Espanol, Cumbia, Pop grooves - and beyond! The group has shared stages with the diverse likes of Ozomatli, Red Pears, Making Movies, and Samatha Fish, delivering a Latinx vibe full of soul, passion with a good dose of attitude that leaves dancing crowds wanting more! It has the Albuquerque Journal enthusing that the band is "out of the ordinary".
Featuring musicians from Honduras and the United States, Nohe & Sus Santos finds its stride in creating songs that do much more than simply cross language and cultural borders. The band fosters a multicultural experience empowered by a new Latinx generation, one of positive messages of self-identification and respect for their heritage. Fronted by celebrated Honduran vocalist Nohe Sosa, the band is rounded out by the extraordinary string wizard Randy Sanchez on electric and acoustic guitars and tres, Justin Bransford, the bands pulse plays acoustic stand-up and electric basses and Dennis Jasso holds it all down with an impeccable groove on the drum kit.
And now Nohe & Sus Santos are ready to get back out on the road bring their tempestadt to national and international audiences. And you won’t be seeking shelter from this storm.
"Tempestad is an eloquent offering" - RootsWorld
"An impressive debut album - Chris Heim, Host of Global Village syndicated radio program
Note & Sus Santos debut CD brings together everything that make Nohe & Sus Santos such a distinctive Latinx act. The four-piece band incorporates alt-rock en espanol, quirky cumbia and indie pop grooves (and beyond!). It is soulful, passionate and possesses a healthy dose of attitude. Celebrated Honduran vocalist Nohelia Sosa completes a group of fabulosos musicians that can only be described as excitingly fresh, with a style that is all its own.
Tempestad consists of 8 original compositions along with 2 classic songs interpreted by The Santos. With songs about love, loss, and healing, Tempestad refers to the storm of life and the cleansing that happens when the tempest has passed.
“Tempestad is the result of experiences involving our four individual stories, expressed by our different nationalities” enthuses Nohe. “Combining our passions and influences has been our greatest individual, personal contributions to this album. We incorporate rhythms and styles that move us, sometimes in places you don’t expect. There are no barriers, no walls, no communication breakdowns….just our Santos music!”
For the album, Nohe delivers her unmistakeable vocal chops and overall positive and powerful vibe while her “Santos” provide the foundation and flow for her lyrics and melodies. Mexican-American musician, singer/songwriter Rafael Herrera, along with being the heartbeat of the group on drums and percussion, wrote and collaborated on the album’s compositions, adding vocals. Guitarist Randy Sanchez brings his unique take on the guitar - and a mastery of its tone - to the overall sound of the album and bassist Justin Bransford utilizes his extensive knowledge of music, composition and timbre to round out the band while providing the pulse of the album’s style and sound.
One of Tempestad’s focus tracks is the infectious “Cumbia Triste”, with a bounce that belies its title. Nohe shares vocals with her Santo drummer Rafael Herrara, who also penned the track. “It is a cumbia, but in the most untraditional sense.” Rafael explains. “The guitar break is pure rock in sound and tone, it takes the song to a hard grooving vibe. It is a tune that will definitely get you moving!” The song is featured in the trailer for ¿Dónde Está La Cigueña?.
“Pajarito” is inspired by traditional Mexican ranchera but has a distinctive indie rock vibe with a pulsing drum beat, swinging upright bass and the ever effervescent and vivacious voice of Nohe.
The group also takes on - or more correctly, reconstructs - Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” into a bouncy chica groove. Bassist Justin Bransford borrowed elements from bluegrass music to add to guitarist Randy Sanchez’s arrangement. Nohe was full on committed to singing in English, too. “It was so much fun to layer melodies and rhythms from different parts of the song, mutating them and then adding others we heard, until we had made it something all our own.” states Randy.
Tempestad finds its home in a place where rock and pop interweave with Latin and cumbia rhythms. It is a sound that is as universal as it is distinctive. But at the same time it is more. Nohe & Sus Santos, whose live shows are explosive, colorful, vibrant, fun affairs that ooze with stellar musicianship, bold performance and attitude, have succeeded in transferring all of that and more to the musical whirlwind that is Tempestad.
Nohe & Sus Santos "Cumbia Triste"
Nohe & Sus Santos "Quizás Quizás Quizás"