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by Chiringa

Latin Dance Fiesta Meets Funk Rock
Genre: Latin: Latin Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vitamin P
4:48 album only
2. Ya Me Voy a Volar
3:36 album only
3. Familia
3:12 album only
4. When You Wake
4:57 album only
5. El Cuarto de Tula
4:41 album only
6. Hacia la Libertad
5:16 album only
7. Everyday
4:01 album only
8. Los Bellos
4:34 album only
9. (I Wannabe) Sheila E
4:30 album only
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Album Notes
¡Chiringa! is a Latin dance party band based in Bend, Oregon that plays "rockified" versions of tropical and popular covers mixed with funk-rock infused originals. The band is fronted by lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Shireen Amini, followed by Johnny Riordan on congas and timbales, Tom Freedman on bass and trumpet, and Matthew Williams on drum kit. Honorary guest members include Samuel Thompson from Los Angeles, California on the trumpet and keys and Bendite, Heather Fossmo on backup vocals. Shireen is the only member of actual Latino descent, but these "gringo" band members offer incredible flavor and spice from their associations with Latin music and background in styles as diverse as jazz, funk, r&b, klezmer, West African, folk, baladas románticas and straight-ahead salsa. ¡Chiringa! invites people of all different backgrounds to experience the joy of this music, get down and celebrate life together like one big family.

Shireen Amini is of Puerto Rican and Iranian descent and her early musical training in the San Francisco Bay Area and exposure to the joyful and passionate qualities of Latin music growing up lead her to study Ethnomusicology at UCLA. There, she deepened her studies of Afro-Latin styles under legends like Cuban conguero, Francisco Aguabella, and also had the chance to study abroad in Cusco, Perú where she learned how to play the Afro-Peruvian cajón. After college, she relocated to Central Oregon, where she began her professional career as a musician both performing her soul-based original music and accompanying other local acts with percussion and backup vocals. In early 2012, Shireen was asked to put together an all-Latin band for a Cinco de Mayo festival. She called the band ¡Chiringa!, (pronounced Chee-reen-gah), which means "kite" in Spanish, or Puerto Rican-style Spanish to be more precise. When Shireen was young, Puerto Rican family members would play with the "sh" sound in her Iranian name (a sound which does not exist in Spanish), leading to her nickname, Chiringa.

This one-time project ended up becoming a huge hit on the local scene, packing top Central Oregon venues such as the Silver Moon Brewing Co., Les Schwab Amphitheater, Volcanic Theater Pub, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, and performing the largest festival stages in town including Bend Summer Festival main stage. In February 2016, Shireen had the opportunity to open for Pete Escovedo Orchestra featuring Sheila E. at the Tower Theater in Bend, Oregon (the source of inspiration for the album track "Sheila E.") and in August 2016, ¡Chiringa! played the opening Performance Garden Stage at the Britt Fest in Jacksonville, Oregon for one of their great musical influences, the Gipsy Kings.

This hot Latin fusion band from the unlikely High Desert region of the Pacific Northwest is on the rise on the West Coast.

"Familia" is ¡Chiringa!'s debut album which rides on the success of their interpretations of popular Latin covers by producing original songs with diverse danceable grooves, including salsa, cumbia, reggaetón, bachata, cha cha cha, tango, samba, calypso, funk and more! All songs were written by Shireen Amini except for the featured cover, "El Cuarto de Tula" best known as performed by the Buena Vista Social Club and written by Sergio Eugelio Gonzalez Siaba. The album is a mix of songs in English and in Spanish, expressing the bilingual nature of the band and a variety of themes from festive to empowering, emotional to downright silly. "Familia" will take you on a journey that never rests too long in one place but will keep you engaged, happy, and dancing. Shireen is strongly influenced by some of her favorite Latin artists, including Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Gloria Estefan, Ozomatli, the Gipsy Kings and Santana. You can hear the fusion sounds of these artists come through on this album, blending tropical elements with popular American styles. Shireen is also deeply committed to making music that has a positive influence on the planet, inspiring joy and unity, and also advocating for people to be themselves and stand for higher values during an era when such extreme and divisive discourse is happening in the United States. The track "When You Wake" was born of a 'medicine melody' that Shireen received while connecting with nature that speaks in a raw and free manner about coming into your authentic expression in the face of cultural ills. This track in particular has influence from one of Shireen's favorite bands, Nahko and Medicine for the People, and features Central Oregon's hip hop master, Mosley Wotta. The track "Los Bellos" was written in response to the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016, a tragedy that struck Shireen very close to home and to which she aimed to respond with invigoration to love even more in the face of a hateful act. And "Sheila E." was written on the waves of inspiration after Shireen got to open for, meet, and watch Sheila E. perform in February 2016 at the Tower Theater in Bend, Oregon. Her mind was blown. She saw that Sheila E. had paved the way for female artists like herself and wanted to pay homage by singing out 'I-I-I-I-I-I-I wannabe, wannabe, wannabe Sheila E., Sheila E.'

The takeaway? Let's not forget the roots of where we came from, let's celebrate life and free ourselves of unnecessary burdens, and let's all get down together like one big familia. Enjoy!

Artist: ¡Chiringa!
Album: Familia

Shireen Amini: lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keys, percussion
Johnny Riordan: congas, timbales, djembe, percussion
Tom Freedman: bass, backup vocals
Matthew Williams: drums, backup vocals

Additions to the Family
Samuel Thompson: trumpet, keys
Heather Fossmo: backup vocals

Mosley Wotta: rap, backup vocals

Recorded at Musi-Tech Studios (Redmond, OR) and J-Wolf Studios (Bend, OR)
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Lino at J-Wolf Studios (Bend, OR)
Graphic Design by Euijin Gray
Band logo by Farhad Amini
Photography by Gary Calicott

Produced by Shireen Amini
All Songs Written by Shireen Amini except “El Cuarto de Tula” written by Sergio Eulogio Gonzalez Siaba
and “Familia” co-written with Radamés Rivera-Jiménez
© 2017 People Planet Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.


This album is dedicated to the beautiful roots from which this music comes and the incredibly supportive Central Oregon community.

A special prayer goes out to those who lost their lives in the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016. Seguimos bailando con ellos.

And a special thanks to…
All our dear supporters who contributed funds toward this album, including those who came out to our CD Fundraisers at the Willow Tree House Concerts (thanks Pam Stevenson for hosting!) and Silver Moon Brewing. Our partners and families who have stood by supporting us and allowing us many hours away from home to focus on our music. Lino Alessio for his mentorship, crazy-good engineering skills, and for encouraging us ever to relax via his work attire (bathrobe) and getting us to sing (and record) in the shower. Calvin Mann of Vocalbooth.com for providing us a rehearsal booth inside venues as interesting as an old grocery store and a warehouse, giving us the coolest backdrops for our professional band photos. We are eternally grateful. Farhad Amini for generously offering his time and skills to create a fantastic band logo for us. Jesse Roberts for basically being responsible for the formation of this band. Who would have thought your little idea for a Cinco de Mayo festival would turn into this? Jason Graham, aka Mosley Wotta, for contributing his incredible writing and performing talent to this album. You are a gifted guru, my friend, and we love collaborating with you. Sheila E. for inspiring a song upon my first time ever watching her perform live in February 2016. You blew me away and have inspired a generation of young women to kick ass in music, too, so thank you.

We continue to be so honored and grateful to play this music and share joy with you all. May this album be an offering of gratitude to our local community and beyond. May this music inspire unity during dividing times. And may we all get down together like one big familia!




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