Quinto Sol | Desert Oasis 2017

Quinto Sol

website | Music can be contagious, inspiring, and poignant. Quinto Sol (QS), or
Fifth Sun, caries that type of emotion and sound – deeply rooted in
community and roots music – from the Americas, to the Caribbean and
Africa. Having emerged from the artist/activist community of East Los
Angeles in 1994, Quinto Sol is roots-reggae at its core, woven seamlessly
with Latin rhythms like Cumbia, rumba, and son. Quinto Sol is a collective
of musicians, inspired to use music as a tool for awareness of
socio-political and economic issues facing their community. They do this
by translating their own urban realities in every day life and the
struggles of indigenous communities in the world, through conscious lyrics
and powerful live performances. Nine years after the band’s inception,
Quinto Sol releases their second independent album and first national
release, Barrio Roots. Produced by and arranged by the QS band, and
engineered by Johnny Alvarez and Mizraim Leal, the band’s lead vocalist
and guitar player, Barrio Roots documents music from a period that helped
shape what is known today as the East L.A. art “scene”; a contemporary
Chicano-inspired arts movement where, incidentally bands like Quetzal and
Ozomatli emerged and grew to international popularity. Home, East L.A. or
L.A, Quinto Sol is dedicated to planting the seed that let’s everyone know
where they come from and where they are headed. Currenty in progress is
Quinto Sol’s third and most anticipated album, “Spirits of the Martyrs”. A
tribute to all the heroes that fought and died for Land, Love, Peace, and
Dignity. – don’t forget your roots and culture.we’re just trying to give
something back that’s positive.” From the roots-reggae song, “Mexica
Tiahui”, to the up-tempo cumbia/salsa jam, “Tocani” and the
reggae/cumbia/salsa mix “Sangre”, Quinto Sol takes you on a world beat
tour unlike any reggae band in the music circuit. Having performed with
artists, such as: The Wailers, Third World, Inner Circle, Steel Pulse,
Eek-A-Mouse, Maldita Vecindad, Jaguares, Malo, Ozomatli, Poncho Sanchez,
Puya, Todos Tus Muertos and others, QS’s fan base is as diverse as the
musical fusion they produce and the bands with whom they’ve shared the
stage; from L.A. to Mexico City and even Japan.