Battle of Santiago

Battle of Santiago
Official 2019 Press Photo


afro-cuban post-rock
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  • country:Canada
  • region:Cuba-Puerto Rico
  • style(s):Global Fusion, Afro-Cuban
  • label:Made With Pencil Crayons
  • type:Band
  • artist posted by:Made With Pencil Crayons


Juno Award Nominee Battle of Santiago combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and chants with a distinctly Canadian art-rock spirit and sensibility.

While Canada is well-known for its thriving indie rock and electronic scenes, the country is seldom thought of as a Latin music hotbed. But Toronto hosts many thriving immigrant communities — including one of the largest Cuban expat communities in North America — and the Battle of Santiago is strongly rooted in the city’s wealth of Cuban musical talent.

The band's recent release La Migra dives deep into Afro-Cuban waters, mixing Afro-Cuban Yoruba chants with subtle electronica and rumbas with post-rock experimentalism. The sound is more than just Radiohead meets Fela Kuti there’s some cumbia tinged with dub anthemic Latin rock and even the smooth funk.