Based between El Paso Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, this 5-piece group, was established by Manuel and Hector late 2014. Bustillos, Fernando and Amalia Mondragon later joined the group.
Manuel Calderon, founder of the band, is also a music producer who has worked with Ximena Sariñana, Zoe, Animal Collective, Ely Guerra and Enrique Bunbury, to name a few.
Hector Carreon works as a recording engineer at Sonic Ranch, the largest studio in the world where musicians like Band of Horses and Molotov have done many of their albums.
Alejandro Bustillos and Fernando Fonseca, have shared the stage with “La Cuca” and “Division Minúscula“.
Paulina Reza, current vocalist, became part of the band in August of this year after Mondragon’s sudden split from the band. In 2011, she recorded “El amor de mi vida” with Franco de Vita. The song was a TOP 40 in radio stations nationwide.
“The Chamanas” own an eclectic sound, one could say a pairing ranging from Latin influences to 70’s funky beats, a bit of pop and tons of melancholy.
Their album “Once once” (“Eleven eleven”) gave them an opportunity to take their music across the United States. They’ve played along with Beach House and have participated on popular music festivals like Vive Latino and SXSW.
The combined talent is obvious but if proof was needed their Latin Grammy “New Artist” nomination does the work.
The gala will take place on Thursday November 17 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and Amalia Mondragon will also be there. After all, the band’s nomination came in just weeks after her departure.
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