Ghetto Kumbé ● Sonar 19/7 22u30

Ghetto Kumbé is the epitome of contemporary, innovative and highly energetic afrolatin music, dolling around with new electronic influences and gently spreading new layers over a rich legacy of traditional elements. The band is composed of three of the most skilful musicians from the vivid Colombian dance music scene: El Guajiro (La 33, Sidestepper), Chongo (Sidestepper, Ondatrópica, Toto La Momposina,…) and Doctor Keyta (Zarabanda, L’arpeggiata).

The result of their prodigious collaboration is a unique blend of traditional west African rhythms and powerful Caribbean electro beats. The all present afro-Colombian frame of Cumbia, Bullerengue, Son Palenquero, Chande and Chalupa pays respect to the ancient people of Colombia, their traditions, their terrestrial relations and ritual dancing.

So, is this band then ‘the ultimate innovative act from the emerging Colombian melting pot’? Yes and no. They’re much more than that. Their music features Ghanaian singers and European producers, merging three continents together in gaitas, marimbas, enchanting voices of Africa and powerful electronic beats from the UK bass music scene. Expect a tremendously infectious dance machine, opening a new era to the Afro-Colombian fusion of styles.