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A musical combo creating soul with an Afro-Caribbean pulse, San Simón deliver original songs for the mind, heart and feet. Island funk for the city, informed by roots!

At the intersection of modern life and tradition, San Simón speaks to the average listener, who typically fills their mobile device with every genre imaginable. With no degree of separation between soul and merengue, hiphop and gagá or rumba and funk become, new sounds emerge from the musical marinade in our collective minds. If your song has both melodies, why not sing it?

The project started mostly for the purpose of working on some original Latin-based material. A small combo writing original songs inspired by folk and soul rhythms. The band has recorded a 5 song EP, “Talk To Me” in 2017. In 2018 they released their cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady” (available on vinyl 45 and all streaming platforms) done as a merengue-based, rock-infused trip.

Through shifting lineups as a result of adulting, moving and general life happening, San Simón has been able to persist in creating a sound for itself, with new members joining since 2018 in the form of Raquél Joan on vocals, Uriel Monroig on drums and percussion masters Joel Guzmán and Iván Torres Jr. We’ve also more consciously pushed to include lyrics in Spanish, a native tongue for many of them, and many of the band’s listeners.

Most recently, they have begun efforts to complete a full length album, of which they have released their new single “Hey!”, an anti-police brutality anthem. This was completed throughout COVID quarantining and reflects an outlook of solidarity and oneness with the African Diaspora.

San Simón has played throughout several venues in the NYC area including The Groove Bar, Camaradas, Fox and Crow, C’mon Everybody, Silvana, The Shrine etc. and has performed at the Riverview Jazz Festival, One Love Caribbean Music Festival, Caribbean Collusion, Groove on Grove and most recently did streams for Arawax Records in Union City, NJ (where they shared the bill with DJs form the area) and were guests at Alegba and Friends’ 2020 ongoing outdoor free concerts in Prospect Park. 2020 gave all of plenty to talk about, so expect a full length from San Simón in 2021.

Press

"Hey!" blog entry in the Dominican Republic's leading alternative music blog, Discolai!

"...regarding their new single, we can say that it is a reflection of the fight against brutality and racism that the police state made widely visible in the United States, during 2020. San Simón, inspired by the events that changed politics in the United States, composes 'Hey!' A song that demonstrates a strong social and political content in the band, without leaving behind that balance between the fun and the eclectic that represents them."

Audio

C'est la Vie

2017

Lady in Pink

2017

Video

Debut video for "C'est la Vie", directed by Amy Collado and produced by Sociedad Records

Caribbean Nights, !Gagá! with the great Joel Guzmán

Alexis Marcelo lays down serious moog on "C'est la Vie"

"Maní Toté", original song rehearsal in Astoria, Queens.