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Santa Lucia LFR

4 February 2011 4 Comments

Santa Lucia Latin Funk Rock

I met Nicaraguan born German Cantillo many years ago, maybe 6 or 7. He is a family man and a singer songwriter based in Vancouver. Their songs have evolved from the pop rock of Latin influences to more full on Latin rhythms to Latin funk. He played in a couple of fundraisers where I was involved, he has been on The Morning After Show a couple of times, he is always helping social causes through his music but he never forgets to write about love. Santa Lucia’s album Las Calles had a couple of great songs like Contando las horas and Un Funk Cabron, they also revamped Latin classics like Lupita and now according to German, the new album is more funk and more Latin than before, they just want people to dance while reflecting on pressing current issues. Santa Lucia have been featured couple of times on The Province, Shaw TV, CiTR among other BC publications like the Squamish Chief and of course in his home town in publications like La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario. We had a taste of the new CD on The Morning After show and let me tell you in will get you off your feet, but remember than German also is a rebel, a rocker, so with Latin blood running through his veins he tackles some social issues like homelessness and repression. The new CD is called Supressed Anthems and according to German, it is more combative, but at the same time more Latin. Check out Who is going to Bail me out and the Politics of homelessness.


Like a multi-ethnic gathering of friends, this seven member band has created a sound that evokes the early days of Latin Funk (Santana, War, etc.), while adding their own blend of Rock and Funk grooves. This addictive combination of Nuyorican Boogaloo, West Coast Funk and the ever present Cuban grooves engulfs the stage with monstrous horns and bass, funky breaks, polyrhythmic beats and furious lyrics in English and Spanish.

In 2001, Santa Lucia recorded their first 5 song EP with producer Darryl Nuedorf (Sarah McLachlan, Neko Case).
2005 brought a Western Canada Music Awards nomination for Best Children’s Recording, for the song “The Hero Inside” (2004) penned for the TV cartoon series Cackleberries.

In 2006, Santa Lucia released their second full length album, “The Streets / Las Calles” with legendary producer Larry Anschell (Nickelback, Pearl Jam) from Turtle Recording Studios in White Rock, BC Canada. Santa Lucia successfully supported “The Streets / Las Calles” in 2007-2008 with countless west coast dates and major open air festivals including; Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, as well as many out of town festivals including The Ness Creek Music Festival in Saskatchewan, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife NWT, Victoria Ska Festival and many more.
CBC Radio gave the first single “Lupita” heavy rotation, with the band performing a live show across Canada hosted by one of Canada’s best known news personalities Gloria Makarenko and “On the Coast” radio host Prya Ramu.

Recently, Santa Lucia LFR has refined its stage skills opening for many USA and International touring acts such as Ozomatli, Yerba Buena, Los Mococos, The Skatalites and Maxi Priest. 2010 brings with it countless tour dates with bigger audiences, a greater following of fans, and a return to the studio to record the follow up to 2006’s “The Streets / Las Calles.

Vocals and Guitar: German Cantillo
Alto Sax: Byron Russell
Bass: Ryan Conroy
Trombone:Brad Muirhead
Drums:Chiko Misomali
Tenor Sax Colin Maskell
Latin Percussion: Juan Carlos “Chocolate” Gonzales
Trumpet: Miguelito Valdes.

Next gigs of Santa Lucia and below that check some of the videos.

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  • Great sound guys!

    • Santa Lucia LFR

      Thanks man, I bit late but surely appreciated it. Cheers!

  • Alain Forest

    hola amigo soy Alain desde Montreal ,te mando saludos y felicidades ,,felicidades por la familia y tu carrera musical que logras a manejar con exito ,me parece .Saludos a ti ,tu familia a al conjunto .

    • Santa Lucia LFR

      Chevere caballero, pronto Montreal tendra que darse cuenta que en la west coast la furia roquera es Santa Lucia. Me dio gusto verte el pasado spring y que estas bien de salud, dinero y amor..
      Saludos a todos los quebecuas cuate! mantente en contacto, abrazos, G.