Bomba Estéreo

Bomba Estéreo

Bomba Estéreo came together as a project organized by Simon Mejia in 2005, forming within the rich underground electronic scene that has become Bogota, Colombia. Recruiting fierce singer Liliana Saumet to join the group, Bomba Estéreo expanded its sound and captivating live show. The group plays an explosive dance-fusion of electronic dub and hip-hop, in a similar vein as M.I.A. and Santigold, mixed with Colombian rhythms like cumbia and champeta.

Bomba made their U.S. debut at SXSW 2009, an experience that helped establish the group and their latest release, "Blow Up." In the last several months, the group has toured everywhere from New York and Brazil out to London and Dublin. In the summer of 2009, they rocked the European festival circuit, with ecstatic crowds like the 10,000 at Denmark's prestigious Roskilde Festival.

"These recent experiences have been amazing," Saumet says. "They've literally changed my life. Performing in front of 15,000 people, many who don't understand what you're singing yet they dance for the love of the music. It's inspiring. It made me realize that our band needs to keep growing and building. Every day we need to get better and better while still keeping our musical essence."

MTV Tr3s launched Bomba Estereo as their "Discover and Download" featured artist for the entire month of August 2009, adding the "Fuego" video into heavy rotation. This exciting news followed the group's 7 electrifying shows in 5 days across New York City in July, which culminated with a set at Central Park SummerStage with Puerto Rican hip hop icons Calle 13. New album 'Blow Up' was also added to rotation at influential radio stations like KCRW (Los Angeles), KUT (Austin) and KEXP (Seattle).

The song "Fuego" was also recently spotlighted as iTunes' "Song of the Week." and will also be featured during the fall 2009 as part of a McDonalds advertising campaign. Saumet describes the inspiration behind the fiery track: "We wanted to make a colorful song. It is all about the sun and getting sucked into the world. It's about being in another state-of-mind."

The influence of Afro Colombian rhythms and the coastal sounds is especially important to Bomba Estereo's music. Saumet grew up on the Colombian coast in a city called Santa Marta. "It's a small city with a beautiful and mystical force," she explains. "The indigenous people call it the 'heart of the world.' Ever since I was young, I had the opportunity to listen to such a wide variety of music, from local folk music to sounds arriving from Africa and the United States. I think that mix is reflected in our own music."

La Misa Negra

La Misa Negra is an 8-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, they have toured extensively throughout California, playing shows and festivals with the likes of Ozomatli, Celso Piña, Nortec Collective, La Santa Cecilia, Chico Trujillo, Sergent Garcia, Souls of Mischief, Jarabe de Palo, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, La Misa Negra has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.

Candelaria

In the early days, before space, before time, there was only silence. Then in a flash, there was everything. Out of the chaos of the big bang there arose two forces-one cumbia, one dub. Separated for billions of years , they sped through the galaxy, always separate. Here on Earth, it was soon realized that understanding how to fuse these two elements together was the key to understanding the mysteries the universe. It was the answer to the elusive "Theory of Everything" sought by generations of scientists. All the while, cumbia was waiting with the Cururas in the Colombian rain forest, while the dub found a home in the dancehalls and recording studios of Kingston, Jamaica. Now, the finest scientific and musical minds have been assembled to reunite these two primal forces. Drawing from their expertise in a variety of fields and from the research of those great minds that came before us, Candelaria seeks to create a self-sustaining cumbia/dub fusion reaction. Recent results have been very encouraging

DJ Stepwise

DJ Stepwise es un reggae/dancehall selector y productor de "La Bahia" de California (San Francisco/Oakland). Nacido en Buenos Aires, Argentina, Stepwise se fue para los EEUU de muy joven y ahora esta viviendo en La Bahia desde el 1997. Con mas de 15 años detras las tornamesas, Stepwise he tocado en sitios alrededor del mundo (los EEUU, Australia, Espana, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, entre otros) y he compartido el escenario con artistas grandes como Barrington Levy, Capleton, Kymani Marley, Freddie McGregor, Toots & the Maytals, Gentleman, Demarco, Gondwana, Luciano, Midnite, Chuck Fender, Lutan Fyah, Yellowman, Alika (girando como su DJ), Aswad, Groundation, Tony Rebel, Eek-a-Mouse, OneChot (girando como su DJ), Fidel Nadal y muchos de los sound systems mas reconocidos del mundo.

Stepwise tambien es muy reconocido por sus mixtapes, que se han destacados entre los mejores del genero. El catologo incluye: SPANISH TOWN, FULL CONFIDENCE VOL 1 & 2 (hechos con Chukki Starr & NiyoRah), THE OFFICIAL 2008 SOUTH AMERICA TOUR MIX 2008 & 2010 (hechos con Mr Vegas & Anthony B), RE-MIXED (100% compuesto de remixes de Stepwise) y varios mas. En Junio del 2008 Stepwise tambien fue el DJ encargado de mezclar y programar el quinto disco de Alika & Nueva Alianza EDUCATE YOURSELF, que fue hecho en formato mixtape, En Julio del 2011 Alika y Step tambien lanzaron su segundo proyecto en conjunto: otro mixtape compuesto del catologo completo de Alika, titulado UNIDAD Y RESPETO.

Hoy en dia Stepwise se encuentra tocando en fiestas de reggae, dancehall y world music por La Bahia y en las afueras. Presentandose solo y tambien como DJ de varios artistas (Alika, OneChot, Buju Banton, entre otros) Stepwise se encuentra girando varias meses por año, llevando su show a distintos paises por todo Latinoamerica con bastante regularidad. Stepwise tambien se escucha al aire cada semana con su programa de radio GALANG RADIO. Galang se transmite por Internet cada martes por http://galanginternational.com./

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Wednesday, September 3 · 9:00 PM at Mezzanine

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