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Gallery: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto at LPR

By 27 July, 2012

Masters of Colombian folkloric cumbia, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, played Le Poisson Rouge on July 26 and it was a thing of beauty. Lead singer Juan “Chuchita” Fernández may be in his 80s, but he shows no signs of slowing down as he consistently charmed the crowd throughout the nearly two hour performance.

Geko Jones, one of the New York tropical scene’s beloved DJs, added to the über Colombian vibe with sets interspersed with classic Colombian tunes and, of course, various remixes that put a modern take on this amazing music. Check out his latest mixtape here.

A second set by Los Gaiteros featured special guest musicians, including some of M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, a Queens based, afro-Colombian punk, funk and jazz supergroup that will be profiled in Sounds and Colours in the near future.

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto have been around since 1940 and released their first album of recorded music, Un Fuego de Sangre Pura, in 2006. Their latest album, Así Tocan los Indios, doesn’t seem to be available online yet. I was lucky enough to purchase one at their merch table. New Yorkers can see Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto (and pick up their album) at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) on August 2. All others should stream “El Neque” here.

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