With her explosive mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae, the Cuban singer, flautist and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, aka La Dame Blanche delivers a powerful and compelling sound which summons the spirits.
Before unfurling her costume Yaite has travelled a long and sometimes hard road. Everything starts in Cuba where she was born, in the heart of an awe inspiring musical cauldron on which reigns the figure of her father, Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, an exceptional trombonist who is also the artistic director of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. Family parties are gatherings of extraordinary musicians, the cream of Cuban music, to the sounds of thousands of songs and drums.
Today, she presents “Bajo El Mismo Cielo” her new album, produced by Marc Babylotion Damblé, French Beat Maker/Sound Engineer.
Joining this great party, this flamboyant and orgiastic round, is a slew of distinguished guests: Celso Piña and Serko Fu (Mexico), Manteiga from BATUK (South Africa), Rincon Sapiência (Brazil), Sergio Aguilera (Spain), … The tracks of Bajo El Mismo Cielo are rich in social meaning and claim their roots in the traditions of urban music.
MIDEM’s Artist Accelerator 2018 — globalFEST 2018 — SXSW 2017 — WOMEX 2017 official selection
During the last three years, she performed Paleo Festival (CH) Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (CA) Summerstage NYC (USA) Sziget Festival (HU) SXSW Austin (USA) Feria Internacional del Libro Guadalajara (MEX) globalFEST (USA)
Carnaval de Bahidora (MEX) Festival de Jazz de Mazunte (MEX) Festival Chorus (FR) WOMAD (UK) Festival Periferias (ES) BAM Barcelona (ES) Rudolstadt Festival (DE) Sommerfestival der Kulturen Stuttgart (DE) Festival Couleur Café (BE) Festival MED (PT) Wild Mint Festival (RU) Le Trianon Paris (FR) Masala Weltbeat Festival (DE) Espace Julien (FR) Festival Rec-Beat (BR) Festival Shambala (UK) Ariano Folk Festival (IT)
Babel Med Music (FR) Festival Au Foin de la Rue (FR) Festival Les Suds à Arles (FR) Antilliaanse Feesten (BE) Gwangju World Music Festival (KR) Ariano Folk Festival (IT) Festival Shambala (UK) Festival Kaloo Bang (RE) Jazzmandu Festival Kathmandu (NP) Tom de Festa (PT) MeYouZik Festival (LU) Kulturpark Košice (SK) Parkteatern Stockholm (SE) Festival Mundial (NL) Sommarscen Malmö (SE) Fusion Festival (DE) Festival Sound-Ports (TR) Stanser Musiktage Festival (CH) Africa Festival (DE) Niceto Club (AR) Global (DK) Union Scene (NO) Café de la Danse (FR) Festival N’Sangu Ndji-Ndji (CG) …
Exciting cumbia from Mexico and beyond
The roots of Kumbia Boruka are to be found in Monterrey, the cumbia capital of Mexico and the place where Hernan Cortés, the accordion player and band leader, grew up in the eighties. He didn’t only learn to play the accordion from the living legend of Mexican cumbia, Celso Piña, but he was also the percussionist in the band of Celso Piña during long international tours.
Together with Bob Sikou, Cortés started Kumbia Boruka. Besides their own contemporary and festive compositions, the band knows how to bring new flavours to classic cumbias from the sixties, mixing it with influences from reggae, dub, African music and rock, psychedelic electric guitar melodies, an extensive rhythm section and powerful and exciting brass arrangements. The Peruvian cumbia, called chicha, is not forgotten either. The result is a hybrid cumbia, nueva cumbia, with fierce Latin energy that will blow your mind! It’s party time!
In April 2017 the debut album La Vida se vive was released during their long tour which brought them to stages end festivals like a.o. Fusion Festival (Lärz, Germany) and Festival de Jazz de Montreux (Switzerland).
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.