Otra Onda

La Onda's rodeo-cumbia musical fusion is fresh and fun, as demonstrated on this CD.

La Onda's rodeo-cumbia musical fusion is fresh and fun, as demonstrated on this CD. This is good news, considering La Onda started its career with a novelty cover (Las Ketchup's "Aserejé") on its debut, A Toda Onda. But with a new logo, new hairstyles, and new material only seven months after its debut, the group is ready to prove it has more tricks in its repertoire. La Onda's rodeo-cumbia genre is hot, plus the group boasts all-important youth appeal. First single "Así Así" features a memorable funk-guitar intro, tense minor chords, and a cathartic chorus sure to get vaqueros singing and dancing. La Onda revives Sonora Dinamita's "Mi Cucu" as an aerobic norteño-country piece that washes away the original's slight creepiness. Singing in unison much of the time, Belen Gutierrez and Yessica Ruiz complement the music's energy. When they hit a note, they really hit the note. This is a group with plenty more to say than "Aserejé."—RB