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Colombia Sounds Like This

Media Release: February 14, 2014 in Music |

MUSIC: COLOMBIA / BELGIUM
PRESENTED BY PURA VIDA ROADSHOW AND THE COLOMBIAN EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA
Australia welcomes two of Colombia hottest musical exports
Frente Cumbiero + La Chiva Gantiva

  • Brisbane March 6 + 7
  • Melbourne Moomba Festival March 8, 9 + 10
  • Canberra March 11
  • Sydney March 12

Columbia Sounds Like ThisExplore the Afro-Caribbean sounds, tropical rhythms and funky Latin sounds that make up the music of Frente Cumbiero & La Chiva Gantiva, who tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time as part of Pura Vida Roadshows and the Colombia Embassy in Australia’s touring program, titled, Colombia Sounds Like This.

Colombia Sounds Like This showcases the very best contemporary Colombian music. Featuring Bogota based Frente Cumbiero and Brussels based La Chiva Gantiva, both bands, draw on Colombian rhythms of yesteryear, and are also international in their musical vision — reviving and reinterpreting folkloric forms with electronica, funk, rap, dub and DJ culture.

In addition to some unforgettable concerts featuring Australia’s leading Colombian bands: Cumbiamuffin (Sydney), Chukale (Brisbane) and Cumbia Cosmonauts & Miss Colombia (Melbourne), bandleader, musicologist and record label owner Mario Galeano Toro (Frente Cumbiero) will give workshops on the variegated history of Colombian music, from its Afro-Caribbean origins to its modern electronic manifestations. The band will perform demonstrations from his recent collaboration with wth UK producer Quantic on the landmark CD Ondatrópica — an exploration of the traditional tropical sounds of Colombia married with the cool sounds of London.

Frente Cumbiero Cumbia music originated on the Caribbean coast of Colombia hundreds of years ago, and reached the peak of its commercial success in the 1950s and ‘60s. Reviving and reinterpreting these traditional sounds for modern audiences, Frente Cumbiero mixes live instruments with electronica.

The force behind the band is DJ, musician, musicologist and record label owner Mario Galeano Toro, who says, We approach cumbia as a contemporary Latin American phenomenon involving countries like Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Chile.

The Bogota-based band worked with legendary Guyanese dub producer Mad Professor to produce one of the first cumbia and dub albums in 2009 — Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor. More recently, they collaborated with British producer Quantic to re-interpret Colombia’s musical heritage, creating a supergroup of Colombian musicians young and old The Guardian.

The resulting album Ondatrópica is considered one of the top Latin albums of 2012, and was described by The Australian as having the potential to “do for cumbia, porro, champeta … what the Buena Vista Social Club did for Cuban son, bolero and guajira”.

La Chiva Gantiva’s explosive mix of highly danceable, percussion-heavy sounds takes cumbia, funk and afrobeat to giddy new heights.

La Chiva Gantiva formed in Brussels, when several expat Colombian musicians started exploring their musical roots to reproduce Colombian rhythms of yesteryear, such as the champeta, the chirimia and the mapalé. La Chiva Gantiva uses traditional Caribbean instruments such as la tambora, el alegre, el llamador and maracone. and they also incorporate instruments like the bass guitar, the clarinet and the saxophone which reflect the diverse influences of the group: Colombian (with the likes of Toto la Momposina, Lucho Bermudez and Petrona Martinez), Latin (Fania All Stars, Irakere), African (Fela Kuti and Tony Allen), Jazz (Lionel Hampton), Funk (the legendary James Brown) and Rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine).

Aside from the three Colombians, the other members are respectively French, Flemish, Walloon, and Vietnamese. The result of this cultural sound-clash is a unique musical style and explosive on-stage energy that has opened their path to many of biggest festivals throughout Europe.

COLOMBIA SOUNDS LIKE THIS
La Chiva Gantiva & Frente Cumbiero

Touring Australia & New Zealand

Brisbane
Thurs 6 March + Fri 7 March | State Library of Queensland (QLD Terrace)
Feat: Chukale & DJ Toro
http://slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on
Melbourne
Sat 8, Sun 9 & Mon 10 March | Moomba Festival
Feat: Cumbia Cosmonauts & Miss Colombia
multiculturalarts.com.au
Canberra
Tues 11 March | The Street Theatre
Feat: DJ Mario Galenano & DJ Frank Madrid
thestreet.org.au | 02 6247 1223
Sydney
Wed 12 March | Oxford Art Factory
Feat: Cumbiamuffin
moshtix.com.au I 1300 Get tix (438 849)

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Frente Cumbiero
Wellington (NZ)
Fri 14 & Sat 15 March New Zealand Festival
festival.co.uk I 0800Ticketek
La Chiva Gantiva
Adelaide
Sun 9 & Mon 10 March | Womadelaide
womadelaide.com.au | 1300 496 623
New Plymouth (NZ)
Fri 14 & Sat 15 March | Womad New Zealand
womad.org | 0800Ticketek
PERFORMANCE
La Chiva Gantiva — Pelao
http://youtube.com/watch?v=P6Z1leFtxOs
Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor — Bestiales 77 (DUB REMIX)
youtube.com/watch?v=Nh1vOJ_BTbQ
TALK
Ondatropica
youtube.com/watch?v=6NVa822CMYM
FRENTE CUMBIERO
Facebook
facebook.com/frentecumbiero
Web Site
frentecumbiero.co
Myspace
myspace.com/frentecumbiero
Soundcloud
soundcloud.com/frentecumbiero
LA CHIVA GANTIVA
Facebook
facebook.com/lachivagantiva
Web Site
lachivagantiva.com
Myspace
myspace.com/lachivagantiva
Soundcloud
soundcloud.com/la-chiva-gantiva

Media Enquiries

Emma Collison Publicity on 0418 584 795 emma@emmacollisonpublicity.com

2 Reviews

Emma
Feb 14, 2014

(Frente Cumbiero is )… one of the leading acts of the contemporary international cumbia scene” Latin Beat Magazine

(La Chiva Gantiva is)… a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms. The Times (UK)

Emma
Feb 14, 2014

(La Chiva Gantiva is)… a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms. The Times (UK)