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Cuarteto Tafi

Cuarteto Tafi

It was during a trip to Argentina, on the colorful and arid lands
from the northwest of this country, that this Franco Argentinian quartet gathers for the first time. Perched on a mountain at 3000 meters, wandering the popular open stages, the musicians decide
to call this musical and human encounter the Cuarteto Tafi.

Since its beginnings on the French scene, the group has brought its personal and original touch to world music, by mixing song in poetic and committed Spanish – sweet nostalgia for the Argentinian exile of the singer – to the sound of the eastern Mediterranean from the Greek bouzouki, to the softness and dexterity of the flamenco guitar, and the rhythms bewitching Afro Latin percussions.

Each with its own history and its metal influences, salsa, flamenco, rock. From these different personalities and musical stories, they have managed to create an entity, 4 albums and a notoriety noticed on the French scene.

Today their musical style is open, uninhibited, propels and frees itself: an original fusion between music with Latin American influences and arrangements with modern sounds.

Their music whispers and shouts to us about the world, with its bitterness and its flaws, its painful borders and its revolting injustices, but also with its beauties and its buds of hope, its loves and his fights.

Around Leonor Harispe, radiant singer with a remarkable scenic presence, Ludovic Deny (Bouzouki), Matthieu Guenez (Guitar and Oud) and Frédéric Theiler (Percussions) win with force on this irresistibly energetic and poetic 4 th album.

“The Cuarteto Tafi brings to Argentine music a fresh breeze of creativity, quality and originality.” Eduardo Makaroff (Gotan Project)

Cumbia Villera

Damas Gratis

Damas Gratis (Spanish for “Ladies’ Night”, literally “Ladies for Free”), creators of the “cumbia villera” (from the word villa, the Argentine equivalent of Brazilian favelas) is undoubtedly the most important cumbia band in Argentina.

Debuting in 2000 in San Fernando on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires at the hand of Pablo Lescano, Damas Gratis is considered by many Argentinians as the “Maradona of Cumbia” and is today one of the great names in Latin American cumbia; for its history, its trajectory and the popular craze at each gig.

Eight studio albums, three live albums, almost two million fans on Facebook, sold out concerts in the four corners of the continent and collaborations with the greatest Latin artists are amongst their achievements to date.

Dozens of groups have been inspired by this great band; commonly called “cumbia villera”, having spawned the diffusion of this undercurrent of cumbia, from Mexico to Patagonia, converting it as a standard bearer of the demands of the popular classes. This cumbiera villera, a soundtrack of Argentine ghettos, has for nearly two decades taken the place that the hip-hop movement occupies in our suburbs. Music has become the means of expression of the underprivileged classes.

Pablo Lescano is also the first cumbia artist to play in the famous River Plate stadium “El Monumental” in front of 80,000 people, invited by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs in 2008.