Sunset Wednesday: Rana Santacruz
Drawing influence from Mariachi, Mexican Cinema, American Bluegrass, Magical Realism and the Mexican Corrido (story-ballad) tradition, Rana Santacruz tells stories of magical worlds through his multifaceted and unique sound. Born and raised in Mexico City, Rana first found success there in the late ‘90s with his alt-rock band La Catrina. But when the group failed to score a radio hit, Rana turned his back on a major label-record deal to release his own music on his own terms, and moved to Brooklyn in 2002. With access to world-renowned musicians and a large talent pool, Rana released his solo debut, Chicavasco, in 2010. Chicavasco put the critics on notice, and won him a coveted Tiny Desk Concert on NPR Music.