Beyoncé new album “Lemonade” broke the internet when she dropped it to the airwaves last week.
It’s a daring album full of messages of black resistance, marital strife and women’s empowerment that also boosts collaborations with artists ranging from Jack Black to Animal Collective to James Blake.
And in the midst of all the sounds, some say Beyoncé has also tapped into the music of a forgotten – and mostly unheard – Puerto Rican band from the late 60s.
Remezcla reported that in the track “Freedom” – which features a cameo from French-Cuban musical duo Ibeyi – Beyoncé features the sounds of “Let Me Try” by Kaleidoscope, an obscure band mostly known among psych diehards and vinyl collectors.
This – until now – unheard band recorded its lone, self-titled studio album after winning first place in the Dominican Music Fest in 1968, in the Dominican Republic. The prize was a recording session in the country’s Fabiola Studios.
According to Remezcla, the group secured a record deal in Mexico thanks to Peruvian singer Edgar Zamudio and went on to play regularly with contemporaries such as Javier Batiz, Angelica Maria and La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata.
Their album was never formally released to the market despite their song “Colours” becoming a radio hit.
While working on a second album, Kaleidoscope eventually broke their contract with Mexican record label Orfeon and embarked on an ill-fated tour in the United States. Before even reaching New York, they had broken up, Remezcla reported.
Their album was reissued in 2011 by German label Shadoks Music and was later licensed by Now-Again in 2013.