“Few Miami acts have combined the disparate sounds of the city with as much finesse as local favorite Suenalo. Blending everything including Afro-Caribbean rhythms, hip-hop, rock, funk, reggae, electro, and jazz, the eight piece for nearly a decade has been making the live circuit dance. The term for its signature sound, coined by the band, is pretty accurate: “AfroLatinbabymakin’descargafunk” – Miami New Times
Pronounced “sweh-nah-low.” Latin funk. Fusion. Jam band. Multicultural cocktail. The sound of Miami. Afro-Latin-Baby-Makin’-Descarga-Funk. They’re all names that have been used to describe Suenalo, and they’re all on the money. To a point. Because somehow—even the lengthy hyphenated description the band came up with themselves to describe their hard to pin down style—all fall short of the true breadth of what they represent. So is it any time you try to analyze something new, any time you attempt to name freshly blazed trails and still sizzling inroads. If Suenalo’s one of a kind fusion is hard to pinpoint, it’s only because no one’s ever done anything quite like it before.
Funk cruises through the Caribbean picking up Afro sounds from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Reggae meets rock in a head-on collision. Jazz and electro hook up for a sidewalk makeout session. Hip-hop seems to hum from the very pavement, and R&B drifts in on the night wind. Suenalo reaches to far-flung corners and retrieves all these, takes them and mashing them together, marrying them—disparate players melded into a somehow harmonious blend. It defies logic that such diverse influences can find balance at the deft hands of one band. And yet they do.