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by Orixa

Orixa brings you "Siembra" ( ...To Plant, Planting Seeds), an electrifying combination of explosive vocals, rocking and soulful guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and commanding drum grooves.
Genre: Latin: Rock en Espanol
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The American
4:02 $0.99
2. Siembra
3:47 $0.99
3. Tiempo
3:21 $0.99
4. Locos
3:47 $0.99
5. Fuerza
4:31 $0.99
6. Cuando Era Niño
3:58 $0.99
7. Medianoche
1:15 $0.99
8. Larga Espera
4:02 $0.99
9. Levanta Tu Voz
3:47 $0.99
10. Gonk! (we're gonna rock the boat!)
2:42 $0.99
11. All She Wants
3:37 $0.99
12. Prelude
2:48 $0.99
13. Kick Around
3:12 $0.99
14. Frontera (to be continued...)
1:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
In the early nineties, back in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rowan Jimenez and Juan Manuel Caipo met at a local music store. Jimenez was looking for a drummer and Caipo for a lead singer. Soon after, they realized that they shared the same vision of starting a band that would break both Latino and Rock stereotypes. The band that grew out of that vision is oriXa, (which means "forces of nature"), now recognized as one of the strongest, most important Independent Latin Alternative acts in the United States.
oriXa signifies roots and evolution, sonically and musically. Their sound draws from a multitude of styles, ranging from Rock, Reggae and HipHop to Brazilian, Funk, and Afro Latino. "We play many styles of music, oriXa-style...we interpret and add our own touch" says Caipo. Imagine the rock edge of Led Zeppelin and Jane's Addiction fused with the rhythmic flavors of Ruben Blades and Busta Rhymes, and you've got the powerful, melodic vibrations known as oriXa.
It is 2005 and on February 8th Orixa will release "Siembra", the bands 3rd album. "Siembra" brings the fusion of sounds Orixa is known for but highlights the bands new lineup. Rowan Jimenez, Juan Manuel Caipo, and newest members Michael Cavaseno on Guitar and Charles Gasper on Bass have put together what is being considered Orixa's best work to date. The album was produced by Caipo mostly in his home studio. "Siembra" features some great guest musicians such as the master Karl Perrazo (Santana) on Congas, Emiliano Benevides on Brazilian Percussion (Batmakumba). There is this fine line of fusion in the music where the band brings Zep like guitar riffs over a Rock Batucada type groove such as in "Fuerza" to a melodic smooth vocal melody with a melancholy guitar riff over a funky Hip-Hop groove as in "Cuando Era Niño". "We've grown and we are not afraid to try different things and sounds that we like" says the band.The video for the first single "Siembra", directed by Uruguayan cinematographer Leonardo Ricagni, is currently on rotation on MTV-es. Leonardo approached Orixa after checking out a live performance at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference in 2003. At the time Orixa was hard at work developing material for the album "Siembra". "It was a great opportunity to do a video so we went for it", says the band. Typically the album comes first. Leonardo's vision was perfect for the song "Siembra" so the band jumped on it.
In 1996, oriXa's self-titled debut album was released by the first Latin-alternative label in the U.S, the now-defunct Aztlan Records. The album featured songs like "Sacudete", still a favorite among fans, and "Latino Culturizate", establishing the band at a national level in the then underground Rock en Español scene.
Following their departure from Aztlan Records in 1998, oriXa released "2012e.d" on their own Elegua Records label (now Elegua Digital Records). The recordings contained in "2012e.d.", originally intended just as demos, launched oriXa to a level beyond their wildest expectations. The band received Awards, Nominations, Press, Radio airplay and toured nationally.
Now with the release of "Siembra" and an Album release show on February 19 at The Independent - 628 Divisadero San Francisco, the band gets ready to kick it into gear in 2005.The intensity of the band's energy will move you. The electrifying combination of frontman Rowan Jimenez's charismatic performance and explosive vocals, Michael's rocking and soulful guitar riffs, layered over Gasper's thumping bass lines and JM Caipo's commanding drum grooves, will make you want to jump, , dance and rock. Come and enjoy the Orixa ride!



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Matthew Curewitz

Pretty rockin'
I caught a video of these guys and was instantly hooked. I don't speak more than 3 words of Spanish but its catchy and I was singing along. Very, very good. Probably my favorite album of the year.

Hillary Smith

loved: industrial beats, ska-punk influence, killer vocals
I am a tough critic. Rowan Jimenez' vocals are gorgeous, and Caipo's drumming totally beatin'. I like the industrial yet soulful sound of Siembra. I particularly LOVE the ska intro to The American and the last 40 seconds of Siembra could possibly be the best music I've heard in the past couple years. I'd love to see the boys follow this path - not that the more straight on hip hop isn't good, but the soulful, beatin', melodic grooves of the aforementioned is just so unique and wonderful. Oh yeah - love Prelude (great driving track!)


Great Album
I first heard the song "Siembra" on MTVE and they blew me away. I had to buy their album and it is unbeliveable. Outstanding music. I cant believe they are not as big as they should be. CD Baby was one of the few stores to carry their CD too.


Di con Orixa/Siembra de casualidad buscando otra cosa. Escuche clips de 3 rolas y decidi investigar mas a fondo, hice la (pequena)invercion y pues, aqui me traen... SUPER ENCANTADISIMA! 'Neta que cualquiera sea tu onda, rock clasico/progresivo, reggae, ska, ponk, electronica...Aqui lo encontraras - No busques mas alla ...COMPRA ESTE DISCO HOY!!

jose armando munguia

good bands make things sound simple
this is a bicultural album on socio-political issues delivered in a hip, creative, diverse manner. The album rocks, with a good latin-funk beat and easily transitions from Spanish to Englsih, just like a bicultural mind should.

Henry Ladino

Their Best album yet, but the sound is more commecial than before.
You can notice how mature this production is. In a commercial sense is the best so far (really good), but if you look for heavier psycotic riffs the previous albums are better. This is a great album.

CD Baby

You know. for years now I've been witnessing "rock en espanol" come through the warehouse of CD Baby and suddenly, either the planets are aligned or a tide turned somewhere because without warning, some of the best spanish rock I've ever heard is to be found right here. Orixa is without a doubt, one of these bands. From the downbeat of the first track, when my jaw hit the floor, there was no question that this is a winning album. Drawing from influences of rock, punk, hip hop and electronica, they shove back the preconceptions and push ahead with simply solid, groove-endowed hits.

Ellyn Parker, Olao Records

This Record BUMPS!!
The boys bump it it to a level of groove like never before...This record really shines... Orixa definatively stands out as a Bay area band to watch out for....