Rupa & The April Fishes

Fiery, engaging and wide-reaching, their music is the soundtrack for a world teetering at the edge of itself

Rupa & the April Fishes create a singular sound that unapologetically runs across genre, culture and form to bring a fresh take on styles as diverse as indie folk, art rock, roots reggae, chanson, cumbia, jazz and politically charged punk. Their engaging body of music pulls from a decade of concerts, street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts on four continents, four studio albums and one live album, several languages from English to Tzotzil to French, many musical traditions, countless moments of joy, sorrow, loss, and transformation and a fierce independent spirit.

The band comes from all over the world and converge in the San Francisco area to become the April Fishes with ringleader Rupa. In their work together, musical languages converge; from punk to indie rock, from reggae to raga to rockabolly, chanson to cumbia, from Malian guitar patterns to mournful duduk melodies. In other times and places musical traditions have met to forge a sound that is more insistence than resistance; this band and their music belong to that long tradition of rebel music.

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A jaw-dropping potpourri – Relix Magazine

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