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.
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) …
Figure emblématique du rap latino, Ana Tijoux s’est fait connaître grâce à son groupe Mazika avant d’entamer une carrière solo à succès. Sa musique éclectique à permis de toucher un très large public.
Désignée comme la Lauryn Hill d’Amérique Latine par les médias internationaux, Ana Tijoux est l’une des MC’s les plus respectées. Née en France suite à l’exil forcé de ses parents sous la dictature chilienne, la jeune femme est une véritable tornade à l’esprit activiste et engagé.
Inspirée par les sonorités hip-hop des années 90, le jazz et le funk, elle ajoute à son rap des rythmes latinos et folkloriques. Ses textes piquants s’attaquent à la politique avec humour mais sans retenue. Soutenant les mouvements étudiants et la jeunesse latine, Ana Tijoux s’impose comme la porte-parole des générations futures.
Le grand public l’a découvert avec son single « 1977 » (plus de 2 millions de vues en 6 mois), et Bande Originale de la saison 4 de Breaking Bad.
Elle a été nominé aux cérémonies de MTV Latin America dans la catégorie Meilleur nouvel artiste et Meilleur artiste urbain, ainsi qu’aux Grammys Awars 2015 dans la catégorie Meilleur album latino
Pour la petite histoire, Thom Yorke, le chanteur de Radiohead à conseillé aux auditeurs d’écouter 1977 , une publicité clairement non négligeable.
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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).
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