||The Dap-Kings' electro-sax space warrior returns with a groove-heavy sequel to All My Relations. Vol. II: Baca Sewa, an
expressive, transcendental voyage through the archives of his indigenous roots and beyond. Drawing on ancestral memories and
family histories to wrap new flesh around the bones of history, this album is a bold, semi-autobiographical work that leads us
deeper into the annals of family histories, mythology and the cultural imaginary.
“Baca Sewa” is Cochemea's original family name prior to Spanish colonization and the fracturing or erasure of ancient knowledge
and ways. The melody for the title track was composed by Anthony Gastelum and features vocals and drumming by the Baca
Sewa Singers- a group composed of several generations of family members. The album runs thick with sonic tributes and
remembrances. “Chito's Song” is a contemplative, ethereal tribute to a beloved uncle. “Curandera” conjures the memory of the
irrepressible healing power of medicine women. “Black Pearl” recalls his great grandfather, heir to a legacy of indigenous peoples
enslaved as pearl divers in the Sea of Cortez.
Leading a 7-piece ensemble composed of New York's top percussionists and members of Daptone's rhythm section, Cochemea
recombined ancient elements of drums, winds, and voice, creating his own world of emotional textures and rhythmic possibilities.
His musical and spiritual synthesis is made possible through his deep reverence of the horn and of the music and traditions
preceding him. Vol II: Baca Sewa - is an offering and continuation of Cochemea's explorations, part of a musical process of
cultural reclamation and healing through connection, relations, memory and imagination.