El Laberinto del Coco by Héctor “Coco” Barez, plays Lote 23 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sat, Jan 8. No cover. 🇵🇷 @ellaberintodelcoco
Héctor “Coco” Barez
Héctor “Coco” Barez was Calle 13’s original percussionist. He is sponsored by the ICP ~ Puerto Rican Cultural Institute and the NEA ~ National Endowment for the Arts. El Laberinto was a SXSW ~ South By Southwest festival selection. The band has already played the Kennedy Center.
El Laberinto del Coco
El Laberinto del Coco is the mind of Coco. It’s his solo project after Calle 13, a band that really connected with young people across the Latin world and won more Latin Grammys than anyone. Coco brings that world of influences to El Laberinto, but rooted in Bomba.
The project opens with a very Bomba Big Band Jazz sound that releases a lot of energy all at once, but then evolves.
It’s hard to pin it down. Bomba Rock may be the strongest fusion. In some of the newest work, El Laberinto stretches traditional songs like a Bomba Frank Zappa (the experimental Rocker of the 60s and 70s). If you didn’t recognize the song’s words, you’d never know it was a folk song. Coco really makes it his own.
There is even Bomba Danza with the ballroom feel of Havana, San Juan and hints of Buenos Aires. As the music softens, it gets even richer.
It’s fun to see who dances and we love the chorus. We don’t know what Coco calls them, but we call them “Las Musas” like a Greek chorus because the whole show is very theatrical, and you’re in it.
El Laberinto takes Bomba out of its folkloric roots into all sorts of unexpected places. Hope to see you in Río Grande.
El Laberinto is currently touring the island of Puerto Rico.
El Laberinto del Coco by Héctor “Coco” Barez, plays La Buena Vida in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on Sat, Dec 4. No cover. 🇵🇷 @ellaberintodelcoco
El Laberinto del Coco Héctor Barez, plays a Thanksgiving Weekend show at Rumba Puertorrican Flavors & Bistro Bar in Río Grande, Puerto Rico on Saturday, November 27 at 9pm (6pm doors). No cover. 🇵🇷 @ellaberintodelcoco
El Laberinto del Coco Héctor Barez, plays Bomba Fusion at El Boricua in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9pm. 🇵🇷 @ellaberintodelcoco