The last time the Venezuelan band had released new music a lot of things were different. Their country was living through one of the worst stages of their economic crisis, hundreds of people were fleeing the country looking for a better future, and the word Covid had no meaning at that time.
A lot of things have changed since that last album, and for the first time in their career, their music is now reflecting much more realities than ever.
2021 is an interesting year for releasing new music, thanks to the loosening of the pandemic restrictions, Rawayana was able to make a great opening for their newest album, which came during the months of May and June, alongside an art exhibition in Mexico City; an art exhibition that shows through abstract art, the reality of living in Latin America, with its never-ending contrasts.
“We wanted to show through photographs the life not only in Venezuela but also what is like outside of it”.
Ten years ago, when the band was formed, it came out as a project for four friends to have fun. They never had the intention of becoming a protest band, even though they were living in the worst social, political and economical crisis in the modern history of the continent, and they were victims of terrible repression from state forces over university students.
Right now, after a whole year limited thanks to a pandemic, and the ever-growing corruption and violence of the continent, Rawayana has taken its lyrics to a whole new place, using their experiences to build “Cuando los acéfalos predominan”.
“Governments, corporations, heroes, anti-heroes, political ideals, philosophies, religions and cultural concepts are constantly challenged thanks to this strange moment where we don’t know what information is false or true.” – Rawayana’s manifesto on “Cuando los acéalos predominan”
The album still has its essence, the mix of reggae, ska and alternative rock sounds. They also have collabed with more artists, such as Fer Casillas, Los Amigos Invisibles, Akapellah, Cheo Pardo, Tal Cohen and Joel Martínez.