For more than 10 years The Garifuna Collective has pushed the boundaries of their dynamic, centuries-old musical traditions, breaking new ground with performances that show why UNESCO has proclaimed the language, dance, and music of the Garifuna people of Central America as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
The Garifuna Collective has performed in over 25 countries has been part of the most celebrated Garifuna albums of all time, including the critically acclaimed Wátina, recipient of the WOMEX and BBC World Music Award and voted by Amazon as the Number One World Music Album of All Time.
After an intense showcase performance that culminated with the first encore in 15 years at WOMEX 2018, the band is extremely excited to be bringing their music and vibrant culture to the world stage in 2019.
Psychedelic afro-caribbean Cumbia
Drawing from influences like Cumbia, Merengue, Dub and afro-caribbean rhythms, Candeleros surrender to a sort of exorcism full of differents sounds in which they reach altered states of consciousness. All of this includes percussion sounds coming from the beyond, Andean echoes, cinematic atmospheres and tunes that seem to come from an old episode of The Twilight Zone. Candeleros music is like digging into a postmodernism hole to find the very pure of tropicalismo.
Candeleros is a plurinacional group of six people that come from Colombia and Venezuela. They have their operational center in Madrid, from where they try to expand a multicoloured psychedelic sound to dance. “Echar una candela” is commonly known as the improvised reunion around the tobacco, fire and music. “La candela” also is the measurement for the lights units and their intensity. “Candela” and “fuego” are also used as metaphors for passion, hit and love.
Candeleros goal is to unify the afro-caribbean sounds as a proof of identity, folklore and modernity. William, Fernando, Urko, Sergio, Alex and Andrés come from places where we can listen to rhythms like Cumbia and Son. They have mixed these rhythms alongside with percussion sounds and guitars to create a sort of psychedelic ritual.
During their four years of musical trajectory, Candeleros has performed in differents shows around Europe. They have performed in important festivals such as Sonorama Ribera, Trans Musicales de Rennes (France), Sziget Festival (Budapest), BAM Festival (Barcelona), Monkey Week (Sevilla).
In addition to all of this, Candeleros music can be found in music platforms such as KEXP radio, FIP Radio, Radio Gladys Palmera and Sofar Sounds Madrid.
Urban Salsa from the streets of Bogota!
They have the freshness that only a young hard salsa band can have. La-33, was founded in 2002 in Bogotá (Colombia) by the two brothers Sergio and Santiago Mejia. The album debut titled “La-33”, released in 2004 as an independent production, won immediate success for its arrangements, lyrics, clean recording and great sound, and specially for their worldwide Latin dance hit – “La Pantera Mambo”, a mambo version of “The Pink Panther”.
La-33 is hard-swinging salsa & Latin Jazz from Bogota for an irresistible and infectious urban salsa concert! This is clearly a band that generates excitement and does it with a sense of humor. There is no stuffiness here, and the music is totally refreshing.
“I loved this storming assault of Latin brass when we reviewed, but having seen them live I’m convinced that is one of the best party bands on the planet” (Songlines).