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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.

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La Dame Blanche

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) …

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Boogat

Boogat is a brilliant latin american vocalist who constantly reinvents himself with his prolific discography and a unique artistic approach. He has opened for Nortec Collective, Quantic, Gilles Peterson and Chromeo between others.

Boogat’s non-stop work in the Worldbeat / Tropical Bass scene has given him world wide recognition and permited him to develop an international career, mainly in North America where tours and festival appearances have increased significantly since 2013.

Some of his songs have also made their way to Hollywood, including placements in blockbusters like the TV series ”Homeland” and the film ”The Forger” with John Travolta. ”Neo-Reconquista” is his latest work to date (2015).

WOMEX SHOWCASE 2016

Dengue Dengue Dengue

Dengue Dengue Dengue! is a Tropical Bass duo from Lima-Peru. Behind the masks are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira, two producers, dj’s and graphic designers/vj’s.

DDD was born in mid-2010 and inmediatly made themselves well known thanks to an impeccable audiovisual show, remixing and making mash-ups from their own tracks with old cumbias and modifying cumbia cult themes to electronic versions. All this always joined by amazing visuals and the always present masks.

In early 2011 they began to publish their first productions, being bloggued in major and specialized music portals in USA, Europe and the UK. Their sound started to spread faster, playing in major events and festivals in Peru. Along with the “Auxiliar” Collective, the start producing the TOMA! Sessions, helping to consolidate the growing and vibrant Tropical Bass movement in Lima, inviting musicians and DJs from different places to share sounds and ideas.

In October 2012 they released their debut album “La Alianza Profana” (or “The Unholy Alliance”) and the video for the single “Simiolo” . The Album and video, both published by the Peruvian label Auxiliar, are an instant success with both the press and fans, locally and internationally . The album caught the attention of Berlin´s Chusma Records, who later (2013), re-released the Album for Europe, Asia and Australia. They start traveling and playing important shows like the NOVA Art Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the III Iberoamerican Design Bienal in Madrid, Spain.

2013 is the year where things really took off : it started with a great Mexican tour and, in June, an amazing two month European Tour, playing at major festivals and clubs all around Europe in cities like Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Madrid , Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm among others. In July Chusma Records released the Simiolo Remixes EP, and Enchufada Records the track Lockumba for the “Upper Cuts” series, showcasing yet another side of the Dengue Dengue Dengue! sound.

By 2014 the sound of DDD had matured into a wider spectrum of sounds, bringing elements not only from Peru, but also studying and researching other cultures and their native sounds, traveling around Europe, Asia and the Americas playing shows, collecting sounds and ideas.

The duo released the EP “Serpiente Dorada” on Buraka Son Sistema´s label Enchufada Records, with 6 new tracks that take their music to a new level. They toured around the world during 3 European Tours (42 Shows) and also performed in Cuba, Japan, Argentina, Chile, China, Brazil, Colombia, etc. playing in the most renowned festivals like Roskilde, Dour, Paleo and an amazing show at the SONAR Festival Dome which was reviewed by Xlr8r as one of the best shows in the festival. They also had the honour of being invited by the Red Bull Music Academy to give a lecture in Tokyo on their academy sessions.

2016 is already full of projects and surprises, with the release of DDD´s second Album in May that will come with a new video and live show. They have 3 major tours planned for this year: a full Latin American tour from January to March, a European tour from May to August and a US and Canada Tour in September.


Official Selection Showcase BABEL MED MUSIC 2014 (Marseille / France)

NEW ALBUM OUT MAY 2016 on ENCHUFADA Records

Collaboration SELVAMONOS PROD