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
Explore 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
- Thurs 6 March + Fri 7 March | State Library of Queensland (QLD Terrace)
- Feat: Chukale & DJ Toro
- Sat 8, Sun 9 & Mon 10 March | Moomba Festival
- Feat: Cumbia Cosmonauts & Miss Colombia
- Tues 11 March | The Street Theatre
- Feat: DJ Mario Galenano & DJ Frank Madrid
- thestreet.org.au | 02 6247 1223
- Wed 12 March | Oxford Art Factory
- Feat: Cumbiamuffin
- moshtix.com.au I 1300 Get tix (438 849)
- Frente Cumbiero
- Wellington (NZ)
- Fri 14 & Sat 15 March New Zealand Festival
- festival.co.uk I 0800Ticketek
- La Chiva Gantiva
- 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
- La Chiva Gantiva — Pelao
- Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor — Bestiales 77 (DUB REMIX)
- FRENTE CUMBIERO
- Web Site
- LA CHIVA GANTIVA
- Web Site
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