Celso Piña

Celso Piña

Celso Piña (Born April the 6th 1953 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México) is a notable mexican singer, composer and accordionist. In 2002, Piña was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards: “Best Contemporary Tropical Album” and “Best New Artist From the North” as well as for “Best Alternative Artist” by the MTV Latino Awards. He is also know by the nicknames: “El Rebelde del Acordeón” and “El Cacique de la Campana”.

He’s an accordion player and singer who has risen to be one of the most notable figures in cumbia music. Cumbia has it’s origins in Colombia’s African and indigenous populations, but it has spread to be one of the most universal Latin American genres. Celso Piña is a pioneer in mixing or blending sounds of tropical base, combined with all kind of popular genres from norteño to sonidero, Ska, Reggae, Rap, Hip Hop or R&B, just to mention some. For this reason he’s considered one of the best musicians from Mexico and Latin America.

Celso’s album Barrio Bravo, which includes collaborations with other popular Latin musicans of various genres, brough to life the mega hit Cumbia Sobre El Rio. Many of his popular crossover songs, feature artists like Lila Downs, Control Machete, El Gran Silencio, Café Tacuva, Julieta Venegas, Blanquito Man and Sargento García, amongst many others.

But it was in 1980 when Celso Piña bought his first accordion and started his self-learning journey into the world of vallenato music, with long hours of rehersal, trial and error, in his modest house at “la colonia independencia”, a popular suburb, south of his home town, Monterrey. In this area, it´s where the “cumbia colombiana” started to rise, generating underground hits, like the very well known cumbia “Mi Colonia Independencia”.

In the mid 80s, celso was playing mostly “cumbia tropical”, but after listening to the Colombian cumbia pioneers, Aníbal Velasquez and Alfredo Gutierrez, during a popular local dance, He got inspired, and decided to enter fully into the vallenato music world, so he formed his own band, with brothers and friends, wich they called “Celso Piña Y Su Ronda Bogotá”.

Piña began playing side by side with his brothers Eduardo, Rubén, and Enrique, together, they serenade the neighborhood with musical covers from colombia and a few songs of their own, and after a lot of years of Celso´s self-taught accordion playing, he came to a style of his own. From his early beginnings with several important cumbias like, “La cumbia de la paz”, “El Tren”and “Como El Viento”, to his very famous version of “La piragua” (José Barros), he started to make some noise in the local scene.

During the first half of this decade, Celso began to show his music around the world, with the “Cumbia por el mundo” tour he has performed in more than 20 countries like: Colombia, Spain, United States, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Perú, Morocco, among others.

Throughout his 35 years of career, he has recorded over 30 studio albums.


Chico Trujillo

South America’s hottest Cumbia Orchestra

Chico Trujillo is Chile’s most prominent Cumbia band. They are the soundtrack to every party from Santiago to Valparaiso. They can fill stadiums. Their mixture of classic cumbia and hints of rock and ska has assured them audiences from every generation and every walk of life.

Chico Trujillo started as an offshoot of punk/Ska band LaFloripondio in 1999. Thirteen years and five albums later, the offshoot has come to symbolize a uniquely Chilean cocktail. One that is rooted in the cumbias of the pre-Pinochet days and manages to incorporate every aspect of Chile’s popular culture. They have meshed bits and pieces of Chile’s fragemented past with the global influence of alternative culture and merged it all under the pan-latin banner of Cumbia.

It’s the first time since ska erupted out of Jamaican onto the world’s dance floors (three times over) that a a popular musical movement not born in the United States is going global. This time, though, it’s a hispanophone movement, making huge headways in Latin America, Europe and Japan.

Besides touring extensively in Chile and Southamerica the band has been seen/heard in:

-Roskilde Festival. Denmark (2010)

-Nuits du Sud de Vence Festival. France (2010)

-Esperanzah Festival. Belgium (2010)

-House of Blues. Chicago, U.S.A. (2010)

-European Tour 2010 (more than 50 shows)

-USA tour, March 2011 (Los Angeles, Sacramento, San José, San Francisco, Oakland, New York, SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas)

-European Tour 2011 (more than 30 shows)Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Morocco.

-Lollapalooza Festival. Chicago, U.S.A. (2011)

-Museum of Modern Art.New York, U.S.A. (2011)

-Playboy Jazz Festival. Los Angeles, U.S.A. (2012)

-Vive Latino Festival, Mexico (2013)

-Paleo Festival, Switzerland (2014)

“Lollapalooza Chile has introduced me to a world-class party band: Chico Trujillo […] Every party band needs a rhythm, and Aldo Asenjo, the band’s leader and singer, relies on cumbia, the beat heard in countless variations across Latin America.” New-York Times 2011

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.

Cumbia Mexico

Sonido Gallo Negro

Sonido Gallo Negro (Black Rooster Sound) is a stunning 9-piece, instrumental combo from east Mexico City that channels both the mystique and mysticism of 1960’s Peruvian cumbia. The band integrates styles like Amazonian cumbia, huayno, cumbia sonidera, boogaloo and chicha (Peruvian cumbia) with electric guitars, Farfisa organ, theremin, flute and of course fluid Latin percussion. Spaghetti western soundtracks, psychedelia and surf music also echo in their compositions.

Sonido Gallo Negro’s music proposal enrichens and cultivates this musical genre with its exotic sui generis version that integrates outstanding visuals performed live by designer Dr. Alderete, who illustrates in real time.

WOMEX 2017 official showcase — Katowice — Friday 27th of October

Ana Tijoux, Chilean Hip Hop Queen

Ana Tijoux

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.

Booking FRANCE / collaboration Bacana

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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).


Kumbia Boruka

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).


Bareto alternative tropical music draws its inspiration from rock, reggae and dub as much as from cumbia, salsa and meringue. In ten years, Bareto has put 4 albums in the racks, toured all over the American continent and won several prizes, gaining international fame. Nominated for a Latin Grammy Award 2012 and after a great participation in the South by Southwest Festival last year and in LAMC Festival, Bareto is getting more and more attention from Peru and abroad. New York Times critic Jon Pareles, even compared their music to the legendary band “Los Lobos” from Los Angeles.

After releasing their first EP Ombligo in 2005, Bareto released the LP Boleto the following year, a unique blend of Reggae and Ska with Cumbia and Latin flavors. In 2010, Bareto released another EP, Sodoma y Gamarra, launching two hit singles for the band: No Juegues Con El Diablo, (Dont play with the devil), a rearrangement of a classic Cuba, and Cariito, (Little Darling), a song originally recorded by Peruvian Folk-Cumbia legends, Los Hijos del Sol), which became an all-time favorite in their concerts.

Their next album, Ves Lo Que Quieres Ver (You See What You Want To See,) released in 2012, got a Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Record Package. With their new album Bareto embarked on an international tour, with concerts in several cities in the US (NYC, San Francisco, Miami, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle), in Brazil and in Japan. In 2013, the band released 10 años (10 years), their first “greatest hits” compilation.

With their album Ves lo que quieres ver, Bareto takes a critical and satirical look at Perus social and political realities through powerful and socially aware lyrics. The first single, Camaleon (Cameleon), gives the tone of the entire album and of the bands stance. It directly addresses a message to the political class, condemning the fact that they always use their power to their own benefits without keeping their promises. The record also treats of other subjects such as racism, social differences and street insecurity, facts that mark Perus everyday reality but are too often forgotten.

Right now, Bareto is inside their Lima studio with colombian producer Felipe Alvarez (Polen Records, Bomba Estereo), working in a new album, which is due to release in the second half of the year, and mixes the psychedelic spirit of the peruvian cumbia with electronic beats and more intimate songs”.

Official Womex Showcase 2016

Band members :

Pedro Rodriguez Barrientos, guitar

Rolo Gallardo, guitar and b/vocals

Mauricio Mesones, vocals and percussion

Jorge Giraldo, bass and b/vocals

Miguel Ginocchio, keys and b/vocals

Sergio Sarria, drums and percussion

Jorge Olazo, drums and percussion


ALIKA booking Europe

Alika & Nueva Alianza

Alika is a worthy representative of the Latin American reggae-dancehall scene, an iconic figure of the fight against injustices and violence in the Argentine and Latin American “barrios”.

Alika started her career in 1994 with a band, but she quickly took wing and set up a solo career which leaded herself beyond her expectations! Recognized too as an hip hop artist, Alika wakes the reggae world in Argentina with engaged lyrics, breathtaking energy and remarkable stage presence. A molotov cocktail which almost crossed the entire planet !

Even the genius Mad Professor started to be interested by this woman with a bright future! He produced her 5th album in 2009, a jewel which convinced the genre experts and permitted her to expend her talent in all over the world.

Her charisma and presence on stage have allowed her to take her show to festivals, theaters, clubs, schools, hospitals and even prisons in different cities around the world—including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States of America, France, Spain and Andorra.—marking a truly amazing career for someone who to this day remains an independent artist.

Her tune ¨Yo Tengo el don¨ Feat. Tito y La Liga is included in the soundtrack of videogame GRAND THEFT AUTO V


Hip Hop Mexico

Pato Machete

Patricio Chapa Elizalde, aka Pato Machete, along with Fermin IV and Toy Selectah, launches the Hip Hop band that set the tone and gave sound to a movement that reached beyond his own city, Monterrey, to be listened in countries around Latin America, and then the world:
Control Machete.

With Control Machete he recorded 3 albums: Mucho Barato (1997), Artilleria Pesada Presenta (1999) and Uno, Dos: Bandera (2003). An aggressive, direct and organic sound, with powerful lyrics accompanied by a sonic onslaught that quickly cemented them as an icon of Hispanic urban culture.

In 2008 he worked with the legendary producer Jason Roberts, and released his first solo album entitled Contrabanda which includes a cover of Señor Matanza, original by Mano Negra accompanied by the famous cumbia accordionist: Celso Piña.

He has shared the stage with international artists such as David Bowie, Eminem, Kanye West, 50 Cent, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Molotov, La Mala Rodriguez, among many others. He has also collaborated on recordings with Buena Vista Social Club, Cafe Tacuba, Anita Tijoux, Grupo Fantasma and Panteon Rococo, to name a few.

Pato is currently working on his third solo album which will be edited in May 2016. Then together, start the new world tour with his band CONTRABANDA.

He will be touring Europe for the first time in October 2016 with a frenetic Hip Hop Tropical live show to present his brand new album RIFA! (La Tuna Records / Warner Music)

Some stages references around the world: Festival Rio Loco with Celso Piña (France), Vacilon Festival (Chile), Zafarrancho 5.0 (Nicaragua), CXTD World Music Festival (5 cities in China), Rock al Parque Festival (Colombia).

Line-up Europe

Pato Machete — MC
Daniel Piña — Accordion
Aldo Camillieri aka “Tocadiscos Trez” — DJ
Hernan Cortez — Percussion
Eugenio Leal — Drums

Julieta Venegas

Her genre, “World Pop Indie”, includes international songs such as Eres para mi, and Limon y Sal featuring the first category (Lenine / Vicentico (Los Fabulos Cadillacs) / La Mala Rodriguez / Celso Piña / Cafe Tacuba / Ana Tijoux / Los Autenticos Decadentes…) which made this Mexican singer known for her atypical, polished styled voice throughout the continent of Latin American.

During her career Julieta Venegas took away one “Grammy Award” and 7 “Latin Grammy Awards”.

– “Nuestro Rock” Prize for “Best Record Discovery” 1997

– MTV Award «Best Feminine Interpreter» 1998

– Original soundtrack «Amores Perros» from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu

– 2 Latin Grammy Awards in 2001 for «Best Rock Album» with Bueninvento and «Best Rock Song» with Hoy no Quiero.

– Latin Grammy Award in 2004 (Best Rock Voice, album Si)

Her first album, Aqui (1997) allowed her to play internationaly where she then began to tour and perform at big festivals (USA / South America / Europe).

In 1998, she made the cover of Time Magazine.

On her second album, “Bueninvento”, which was released in 2000, Julieta Venegas collaborated with Joe Gore, guitar (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and Lisa Germano) Joey Waronke, drums (Beck, R.E.M, Smashing Pumkins) and Fernando Saunders, bass (Lou Reed).

Being socially engaged in women’s rights she was nominated in September 2009 as an ambassador for UNICEF in Mexico.

In addition to this she was invited to play at the “Prize Nobel” ceremony in Oslo (Norway) in August 2008.

Prince, among other fans, came many times to see her concerts. Brazilian artist, Marisa Monte has recorded with Julieta Venegas various duos.

In November, 2012, her album, Bueninvento (2000) was nominated third in Britain’s Rolling Stone magazine for “Top 10 Latin Rock Albums in History” coming in before Clandestino by Manu Chao and Abraxas by Carlos Santana.