You don’t need to know a cumbia from a festejo from a candombe to dig Importados, the first full-length album from New Mexico’s rhythm wizards, Baracutanga. A seven-piece band whose members come from as far north as Kansas and as far south as Bolivia, Baracutanga mixes South American rhythms in innovative ways, making unusual rhythmic combinations that might also include Middle Eastern and Cuban forms. They incorporate folkloric instruments, such as the quena, an Andean flute, and top it off with modern North American harmonies and instruments—electric guitar, vibes—to create a unique and highly danceable fusion.
Some of the rhythms and acoustic instruments may have deep folkloric roots, but on "Importados", Baracutanga writes and performs with a brash confidence that is electric and wholly modern.
(Mel Minter, Musically Speaking melminter.com)