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Kana Kapila say goodbye with Ojalá

Kana Kapila say goodbye with Ojalá, putting an end to a seven-year career. It’s a digital EP with three songs which has been recorded and mixed by the band themselves, and has been mastered by Ander Agudo, responsible for the first and only full-length work by the band, Tambor, Canción y Danza, released this very year. The separation is motivated by the need for trying different things, as Jordi, the singer and guitar player of the band, explains himself.

Despite their first full-length work being released this year, the band Kana Kapila, whose name is shared with a song by the surf band The Cousins, have a long trajectory behind them. Their first EP, homonymous, came out in 2009, in which they made it clear they have their own personal style. Later on, in 2011, the EP ¡Ra! ¡Ra! ¡Ra! continued to define the characteristics of their music, apart from a series of shared singles, like Split with Los Claveles, essential in spite of the stylistic differences between both bands.

Every release has served to go deeper into the solid identity of the band, despite changes in the ensemble and diverse instrumentation. The formula is based on every song having a very short length, almost turning every piece in a snapshot in which the lyrics, mainly humorous, lead a… tropical punk spirit. In effect, the rhythms could be said to belong to afro indie, just like the guitars or the ukulele tone have an impact on this.

Tambor, Canción y Danza placed the band in a different orbit. The full-length, edited in the first months of 2014, still has the short-song formula and barely reaches the twenty minutes. A much more professional sound as opposed to the previous do it yourself spirit is what makes a difference. Now, the essence surely is intact. Music promotes restlessness from different parameters than usual, as they claim in La Tranquilidad: “Tiene que acabar la tranquilidad” (The tranquility has to end).

Ojalá is the full stop for a band that was different, that had a powerful personality and songs to remember, such as Pobre Tofu, El Coco or, the very peculiar ¿Qué civilización? ¡Barbarie!, from Tambor, Canción y Danza.


Translation by Irene Soto.