Googoo-gaga? Nicaragua? Actually, Microguagua comes from the words “micro” and “guagua”, which are both names for a type of chicken bus in South America.
Microguagua are street performers that are going places. Well, literally and figuratively. They tour Europe performing on the streets and in concerts, but have also recorded two albums entitled Barrio Santo and Rootside. Oscar (on trombone) mentioned they were heading to the studio later that day to record too.
What makes them stand-out amongst the troupe of street performers in Barcelona?
I’d have to break it down to three main points:
1. Their music is catchy and fun to watch. Microguagua is all over the place. They jump, they dance and dreadlocks fly in all directions. You don’t know who’s having more fun, them or the crowd. They also involve the crowd, which as we learned in our public speaking class, is very important if you want to leave an impression.
2. They are shameless self-promoters – and I don’t mean this in a bad way. The band, all wearing bright Microguagua t-shirts, play behind a large sign with the band’s logo in graffiti, as they get the crowd to say “Microguagua” in the chorus of their last song. Micro-what? Guagua! Their flash website isn’t too shabby either.
3. There’s so many of them! How could you NOT notice six guys playing music on the boardwalk, usually surrounded by a crowd?
Watch one of their music videos here.