Today, Miami’s own GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® nominated reggae fusion band Locos Por Juana premieres the endearing video for their new song “Don’t Tell Me No” featuring the Jamaican Reggae Legend Freddy McGregor. Watch new video below and soak in the sweet vibes .
With “Don’t Tell Me No” Locos Por Juana has created a beautiful and elegant Lovers Rock reggae song. Mark Kondrat, composer and guitarist for Locos Por Juana, reflects, “This song was inspired by love and perseverance. The best things in life don’t come easy, and when something feels right the only answer is yes!”
Most known for their collaborative nature and genre blending sounds, Locos Por Juana has performed with and collaborated with the best. So, when it came time to lay down the new track, they knew who to turn to, Mark recalls, “Freddie McGregor has one of the smoothest reggae voices in Jamaican history. He came with an amazing energetic vibe and just blessed the song and the video.”
Mark continues, “He came to the studio and met with us and laid down his verse that same night. It was surreal to be able to work and write with someone like Freddie and we were also lucky to get him to join us in the video shoot for the song.” The song’s video captures Miami’s lively night life through the lens of a young couple falling in love. It was directed by Julian Yuri Rodriguez and produced by Giancarlo Loffredo and Tony Gonzalez.
This will be the second released off their upcoming album, due out early this summer, after the fan and critic favorite lead single “Crazy for Jane” Ft. Common Kings. Billboard hailed the album’s debut single as “an amalgam of Caribbean sounds with Common’s South Pacific and West Coast vibration connecting effortlessly, the collaboration extols the virtues of reggae.” The new song “Don’t Tell Me No” is out now and available everywhere you purchase and stream music.
Signed to the Rock the Moon label, Locos Por Juana has always written and produced their own music and, in a music industry that has continuously been focused on urban genres, they represent an alternative genre of Latin and Reggae Music that cannot be boxed in by labels. With their signature, high-energy style, the band has amassed a cult following, Locos has been touring non-stop throughout the United States, and is gearing up to release their new reggae album, “Crazy for Jane,” later this year.
“Locos Por Juana has always impressed with how they have absorbed the disparate influences of South Florida into a sound that could almost be a regional soundtrack.” – NPR Music
About Locos Por Juana: Locos Por Juana is a GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® nominated bilingual band, most notably recognized for their high energy live performances and unique fusion of reggae, funk, cumbia, salsa, and rock. The band, featuring Itawe Correa as its charismatic lead vocalist, talented guitarist Mark Kondrat, innovative drummer Javier Delgado, and electrifying bass player David Pransky, write and produce all of their own music. Voted Best Latin Band in 2017 by Miami New Times, LPJ’s sound is a hybrid that incorporates the sounds of their heritage and upbringing. Correa and Delgado were born in Colombia, Miami native, Kondrat, is of Colombian descent and Pransky hails from Vermont. Colombian sounds such as Cumbia and Champeta, along with the Afro-Colombian rhythms, Mapale and Chande are integral to their sound, as are musical influences from Miami and the Caribbean islands including Reggae, Raggamufin, Dub, Hip-Hop, Rock and Funk; all of these influences have led to a fusion that Kondrat has coined as “that island swing.”