Papascandy is a reggae band from Barcelona.”Speaking up”, their first EP, was recorded at the end of 2010 and released (only 500 independent copies) in January 2011. The three tracks, plus a dub remix by Chalart 58, who also recorded and mixed the EP, show their personal approach to reggae, adding some souly and dubby moments to their tunes.
The project begun a couple of years earlier, when Luciano Monis (bass, Argentina), Walter Mandato (drums, Italy) and Federico “Mono” De Gennaro (guitar and vocals, Argentina), started rehearsing. Soon Cristian “Kata” Carrasco (trumpet and backing vocals, Chile), and Gabriela Ahumada (keyboard and backing vocals, Chile) joined the band and with this formation and some guests (Isis Urrutia and Chalart58 in percussion, Oscar Frutos in trombone and Adriano Torregiani in sax)they recorded “Speaking up”.
The band was still incomplete until Nelson Lisboa (keyboard and backing vocals, Portugal) and Didier Roch(percussion, France) joined in. With this lineup they did their first gigs and recorded two more tracks added later to the EP, “Warrior” and “Linton”, recorded and mixed by Oscar Lopez and Jordi Senero at Input Studios. For this new tracks, they had again some guests in the brasses, Alejandro Bustos in tenor sax and Emanuel Valencia with the trombone.
During 2011 Walter and Nelson left the band and were replaced by Omar Diadji (drums, Senegal) and Mauro Recine (guitar, Uruguay). Between 2011 and 2012 they played more than 30 shows round Spain. Papascandy is now in a period of hibernation…