Nosotros seamlessly combines Latin genres and rhythms with elements of Rock and Jazz, creating an original sound that is unmistakably Nosotros. But M.E. Schenck of Hyperactive Music Magazine may have interpreted their sound best by saying “Nosotros’ music is not to be explained, it is to be felt in the pit of our souls.”
The award-winning ensemble began as a guitar trio in 1994 and was based in the southern New Mexico town of Las Cruces and gained an almost immediate following. During this time Nosotros successfully self-produced two albums, “Palomo” and “Pico,” both of which received excellent reviews and recognition. By September 2001, Nosotros had grown into a 6-piece band and relocated to the Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico area, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands in the state. Next, in February 2002, Nosotros caught the ear of percussionist and producer Chris Trujillo, who is best known for his work with Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, Rod Stewart, Toto and Diana Ross. With Trujillo as the producer, Nosotros released their third album, “Nosotros,” in November of 2003. This self-titled album received numerous awards, cementing the group’s reputation as a Latin music powerhouse not only in the state, but the southwest region.
In 2006, Nosotros continued its musical journey with the release of a fourth album, titled “Llena La Alma,” co-produced by Grammy award-winning engineer Doug Geist. This musical project, once again, proved very successful and was subsequently honored by the New Mexico Music Awards (NMMA), with numerous distinctions, including Best Engineer, Best Arrangement, and Best Hispanic Contemporary Song. In addition, one of tracks off this album, entitled “Hermosa,” was also recognized as a finalist in the prestigious John Lennon Song Writing Contest. More recently, Nosotros has returned to the concept of self-production and elaborated a much-anticipated 5th album, “Ver El Sol.” This is EP is a refreshingly diversified album that explores the realms of musical genre, writing styles, and combines all of the 7 current band member’s distinct musical backgrounds to form the sound and Latin essence that Nosotros is now characterized by.
Over the years Nosotros has evolved and taken on a life of its own. Yet, through all that has changed, one thing remains the same: Nosotros’ sound is, and always will be, felt in the pit of your soul. The current band lineup features Felipe Ruibal and Carlos Fontana on lead vocals, Randy Sanchez on electric tres, Shane Derk on electric and synth guitars, Gilbert Uribe on bass, Dennis Jasso on drums, and Manuel Ramírez-Ruiz on saxophones. This group of musicians brings together individual styles influenced by many different genres that, when combined, create a unique, hybrid and energetic style of music that has brought them to stages with a wide variety of world-renowned artists such as the Gypsy Kings, Etta James, Lisa Loeb, Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, Tony Furtado, Ozomatli, and The Wailers, to name a few.
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