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Que Pasa?


The Roberto López Project is a polycultural orchestra, which gathers an arsenal of rhythms and sonic colors to create a fantastic audio world. From Afro-Colombian and Afro-Cuban music all the way to urban Hip-hop, Boogaloo, Jazz and Electronica.
Genre: Latin: Afro-Cuban
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oye Latino
Roberto Lopez Project
4:14 $0.99
2. Resistencia
Roberto Lopez Project
4:04 $0.99
3. Qué Pasa?
Roberto Lopez Project
4:20 $0.99
4. Candelaria
Roberto Lopez Project
1:42 $0.99
5. Canto Mi Canto
Roberto Lopez Project
4:55 $0.99
6. Yemayá Se Ima
Roberto Lopez Project
2:00 $0.99
7. Ayer Soñé
Roberto Lopez Project
4:00 $0.99
8. Somos Ritmo
Roberto Lopez Project
3:45 $0.99
9. Psicodeli-Aminoacido
Roberto Lopez Project
5:07 $0.99
10. A Usted
Roberto Lopez Project
3:28 $0.99
11. Un Lugar
Roberto Lopez Project
3:40 $0.99
12. Mi Porro
Roberto Lopez Project
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
- "Awesome is the word (...) RLP is the real deal!"
ANGUS MACKAY - Rhythms International / Mix 96

- "I like it so much that I played "Que Pasa" on my show last Saturday!"
DAN BEHRMAN - Espace Musique 100.7 FM / CBC Radio

- "Un bien beau disque! (...) Je l'aime beaucoup!"
GINETTE BELLAVANCE - Musiques du Monde - Espace Musique / Radio-Canada


"Qué Pasa?" is the debut recording of multi-instrumentalist and composer Roberto C. López 'Pocho'. He is part of a new generation of Colombian composers that embrace tradition and modernity, creating and exploring new musical textures and rhythms.

The Roberto López Project is a polycultural orchestra which gathers an arsenal of rhythms and sonic colors to create a fantastic audio world. Powerful, melodic and real, the Nu Afro Latin style is defined by this adventurous mix of traditions. From Bogotá to Cartagena (Colombia), passing by Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) all the way up to Montreal (Canada), this project captures the essence of traditional latin rhythms in an urban and contemporary environment. Politically engaged, socially critical, while at the same time celebrating the joy of life... this is the New Sound of Latin Music!!


Few musicians can say they performed, wrote, composed, produced, arranged, directed, engineered and mixed their album... complete control from A to Z. Colombian multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Roberto López is unique in many ways. He has an extensive knowledge of the Afro-Colombian traditional music, the Afro-Cuban traditions as well as a mature understanding of contemporary jazz, funk and urban hip-hop. He writes and arranges in a style that draws on all these musical idioms, in an innovative but melodic way. Besides his writing and composing skills, Roberto plays tiple (traditional string instrument from Colombia), guitar, gaitas (native flutes from the Caribbean coast of Colombia), and a wealth of percussions.

After several years of performing and studying music in his native Colombia, Roberto's musical journey brought him to Canada. He obtained a B.F.A. with a specialization in jazz studies at Concordia University in Montreal and completed additional (jazz and classical) composition, arranging and orchestration courses with professors Christopher Smith and Isabelle Panneton. Roberto perfected his guitar technique by studying with musicians such as Bill Coon, Roddy Ellias, Michael Berard and Ernesto 'Teto' Ocampo (Carlos Vives, Bloque). He studied Colombia's folk music, percussion, string, and wind native instruments. He has also studied the music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.

He has recorded, performed, and composed for several groups, including Brazilian bands Matita Peré & Quilombo (performed at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal '98), Armenian star Harout Zenian, Colombian pop group Doble U.C. (considered one of the pioneers of the new wave of "Rock en Español"), and Shakira (with whom he performed live on the Colombian TV show "El Show de Jimmy"). Roberto played and arranged for Heather McLeod's CD Graffiti Love Song and then toured throughout Canada with her. He was also the founder and musical director of Grupo Azúka (salsa/latin jazz), which performed extensively in the Montreal area.

By combining all these influences and styles of music, Roberto embraced the challenge of putting together an ensemble that could bring to life an amalgam of tradition and modernity. Working with musicians from various parts of America such as Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay, Panama, and Quebec, Roberto created the Roberto López Project.


ROBERTO C. LOPEZ "POCHO" : director, tiple, guitars, back vocals, gaitas, okonkolo, maracas, shekere, llamador, caja vallenata, guiro, guacharaca, guache, bell.
DANIELLE FRANCOIS: lead vocals, back vocals
INES CANEPA: lead vocals, back vocals
ELISA MONTARULI: back vocals
MARCELO PADRE: soprano sax, flute
DAVE TURNER: baritone sax
DAVE GROTT: trombone
JAIRO GOMEZ: electric bass
ANDRE MARTIN: congas, bell, itotele, back vocal (on 6)
JOE ARMANDO: timbales, snare drum (on 12)
RAMON MARQUEZ: lead vocal (on 6), bongo, iya, guiro
REMBERTO ZUNIGA: lead vocal (on 12), alegre, caja vallenata, guacharaca
SAMUEL THERRIEN: tambora, guache


* Produced by: Roberto C. López
* Recorded and mixed by: Roberto C. López & Claus Frostell
* Recorded on location at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal (Canada) between August 2-15, 2005, and at Curura Musique studio in Montreal on September 8-11, 2005.
* Mixed at Curura Musique studio in Montreal.
* Mastered by: Peter J. Moore at the E-Room in Toronto.
* Production Assistant: Elisa Montaruli
* Photos: Juan Madrigal & Jocelyn Michel
* Recording session photos: Roberto C. López
* Cover & Booklet Design: Juan Madrigal
* Beads concept for CD case: Roberto C. López

All songs written and arranged by Roberto C. López, except "Resistencia" (music by: Roberto C. López / words by: Roberto C. López & Daniel Russo), and "Yemayá Se Ima" (Traditional).
All music published by Curura Musique (SOCAN).

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Dan Behrman / Espace Musique : RADIO-CANADA

Hasta la fiesta siempre!
The Roberto Lòpez Project: Music to make both the Orishas and the humans VERY happy they hear it! And guess what, this smoker is 100% Montreal made! One thing is for sure: I’ll play lots of it on the air during the summer, claro que si and hasta la fiesta siempre!

Carlos Valencia

Great songs, great grooves!
This is a great album! Full of cool grooves, musical surprises, big horns and lots of energy. I listen and listen to the songs, and always find something new! I strongly recommend this orchestra! The compositions are great and cover a lot of different styles... what a mix! The recording sounds amazing... you really feel the band playing in your living room. Con sabor!!

Angus Mackay/Rhythms International

Most exciting Latino CD of the year.
Awesome is the word...2 fabulous lead singers, sweeping horns,rockin' percussion...RLP is the real deal..Que Pasa has everything...hip hop/Afro Columbian groove/Latin swing/
sweet ballads/old school meets modern times. I'll remember this CD long after I've worn out the grooves.


Each distinct tune glitters with clarity, confidence and catchiness.
Qué Pasa?
What’s happening, the title asks, and the answer here is, what isn’t? With a long list of collaborators, including rapper Daniel Russo Garrido, sax-man Dave Turner and timbale titan Joe Armando, and a rundown of Afro-Latin styles explored that takes in salsa, son, descarga, cumbia, neo-boogaloo, jazz and funk (the good kind), this Montreal-based exercise might well have taken too much on its plate. It’s to the credit of bandleader López, who was involved in pretty much every facet of making this CD and handles at least a dozen instruments, that it not only holds together in a tight and tasteful manner, but that each distinct tune glitters with clarity, confidence and catchiness. 8/10 (Rupert Bottenberg)

Culture Hebdo (Québec)

Il y a du neuf dans l'air. Voyez vous-mêmes avec la sortie du premier album de Roberto López, "Que Pasa?". Le gars a une feuille de route assez impressionante allant jusqu'à la composition de musique de films dont un "Hollywood Wives" avec Farrah Fawcett. Il a fondé son ensemble "Le Roberto López Project". Il propose une nouvelle approche de la musique latino qu'il baptise le style "Nu Afro Latin". Dès la première pièce chantée "Oye Latino" si vous demeurez assis sur votre siège c'est que vous appartenez déjà au monde des morts-vivants, parce que ça bouge en pas pour rire. Mon dieu que ça fait du bien au moral. Les arrangements sont finement ciselés et vraiment le pari est tenu en terme d'un renouvellement du genre. Olé!

Revista SOHO - Colombia

Roberto “Pocho” Lòpez recluta a un grupo de músicos salidos de todos los rincones del mundo para dar vida géneros tan exóticos como Porro-Soul, Vallenato Lounge, Nu Boogaloo y Afro-Timba. Vale, todo vale.