The Chamanas

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The Chamanas
The Chamanas Press.jpg
Background information
OriginJuarez, Chihuahua and El Paso, Texas
Genresindie pop
Years active2013–present
LabelsLos Maxicos, Cosmica Artists,
Associated actsComanche Sound, Portugal. The Man, Odesza

Foto por Dario Lizarraga Vestuario por Nabyl Zarina[1]

The Chamanas[2] is a band composed of Manuel Calderon[3] (Bass), Hector Carreon[4] (Guitars), Paulina Reza (Vocal), and Alejandro Bustillos (Drums). The Fronterizo Indie pop fusion ensemble utilizes a unique combination of various styles and genres ranging from traditional Mexican folklore, Pop, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Indie, Danzon, among other obscure and synthetic sounds. The Chamanas is able to create a musical connection between two countries. The border between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua has given birth to this band, who represent the culture of this metropolitan border and transmits it through their music. One of the band's most important moments took place May 5, 2015 when Portugal. The Man released the Spanish cover of "Purple Yellow Red & Blue".


The Chamanas by Diego A. Lucero

The Chamanas joined the independent record labels, Casete Mexico and Nacional Records, in the beginning of 2015 and later released their first EP, named Fronterizo. Following their successful debut, The Chamanas launched three music videos and, in late August 2015, their first album, Once Once, which was recorded at the legendary studio Sonic Ranch.[5] "Once Once"[6] also won Best Pop Album at the Independent Music Awards (IMAS) in Mexico. The Chamanas was able to open up for well renowned major label bands such as Zoe, Vetusta Morla, Enjambre, Jarabe de Palo, Nina Diaz among others.The Chamanas were nominated as Best New Artist[7][8] at the Latin Grammys 2016[9]In their career, they have been in high-profile festivals such as LAMC (NY), Vive Latino (CD.MX.), SXSW[10] (Austin, TX), JRZ Music Fest (Juarez) and ALMAX[11] (Colombia) and collaborated with bands such as Portugal The Man,[12] Beach House,[13] Odesza, Enjambre, Dave Sytek from TV On The Radio, to mention a few. Once Once Deluxe included three new songs called "Murio La Flor", "Ramas" and "Neblina" featuring Los Angeles Negros[14]


The name of the band makes reference to the blend of cultures that takes place at a border region. "The" in English and "Chamanas" in Spanish is a made up "Pocho" name because of the way people can be fluent and can constantly speak both at the same time.[15] The name also comes from the idea that music can change how people think and feel in very positive ways, like Music therapy. A "Shaman" or "Chaman" is a spiritual person that can cure with energy and natural medicine, and music has healing properties, making this the main reason the name was chosen.


  • Dulce Mal[16] (Single 2014)
  • Regalo de Reyes[17] (Single 2014)
  • Te Juro Que Te Amo[18] (Single 2015)
  • Fronterizo EP[19] (2015)
  • Once Once[20] (2015)
  • Once Once Deluxe[21] (2016)
  • El Farol [22](Single 2017)
  • Feel It Still (Single 2017)


  • "Regalo de Reyes" Featuring Luis Humberto Navejas (Enjambre)
  • "Purple Yellow Red & Blue" official Spanish Portugal. The Man cover
  • "Neblina" Featuring Los Angeles Negros.
  • Ismael Serrano "Apenas Se Nada de la Vida" Featuring The Chamanas in "La Respuesta" EP
  • “Rio” from the album “NEA” produced by Dave Sitek
  • "Feel It Still" official Spanish Portugal. The Man cover
  • Odesza Featuring The Chamanas in “Everything At Your Feet” from the album “A Moment Apart”


The Chamanas has released several music videos including: Portugal. The Man's huasteco version of "Purple Yellow Red & Blue", "Alas de Hierro"[23] and "Ramas"[24] that were directed and produced by Julio Abad and Mundo Lujan at Autumn Leave Films. "Dulce Mal" that was directed by Paco Ibarra and Los Terricolas cover of "Te Juro Que Te Amo"[25] which was made exclusively with cellphone cameras.

Their music has been used in HBO Latinoamerica's series "Sr. Ávila" that was filmed in Mexico City.


  • Vive Latino
  • SXSW
  • Beach House Texas Tour
  • Festival Almax
  • JRZ Music Fest
  • LAMC
  • Neon Desert
  • Portugal. The Man Tour
  • Coordenada
  • Festival Internacional Chihuahua (FICH)


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  3. ^ "Manuel Calderón | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  4. ^ "Héctor Carreón | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  5. ^ "The Chamanas record album at Sonic Ranch". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
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  7. ^ "The Chamanas | Rolling Stone México". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  8. ^ "Meet 2016 Latin Grammys Best New Artist Nominees Esteman, Sophia Abrahão & More". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  9. ^ "17a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY". Latin GRAMMYs. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
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  11. ^ Colombia, Rollingstone. "

    La guía RS a los estrenos de la semana (en español)

    . Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  12. ^ "Portugal. The Man's "Purple Yellow Red & Blue" performed by The Chamanas". Portugal. The Man Official Website. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  13. ^ "2morrow! Kxt Presents Beach House, The Chamanas At The Bomb Factory". Time Out Dallas. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  14. ^ Cornejo, Diego (2016-07-08). "The Chamanas nos platica de Los Ángeles Negros y sus futuras sorpresas". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  15. ^ "Latin Roots: The Chamanas". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  16. ^ "Release group "Dulce mal" by The Chamanas - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  17. ^ "Release group "Regalo de reyes" by The Chamanas - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  18. ^ "Release group "Te juro que te amo" by The Chamanas - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  19. ^ "Release group 'Fronterizo' by The Chamanas - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  20. ^ "Release 'Once once' by The Chamanas - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  21. ^ "Release 'Once Once Deluxe' by The Chamanas - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  22. ^ "Release group "El farol" by The Chamanas - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  23. ^ ""Alas de Hierro", el nuevo video de The Chamanas". Rolling Stone México (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  24. ^ "Watch The Chamanas' New Music Video 'Ramas': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  25. ^ "The Chamanas: sonido fronterizo contemporáneo (Entrevistamos a estas oriundas de Cd. Ju...)". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-01-30.

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