New Music: ‘Ampárame’ by NYC’s Combo Chimbita| 16 May, 2017
The quartet, which consists of lead singer Carolina Oliveros and three mystery men (seriously) have a crafty way of describing themselves: Tropical futurism, psychedelic cumbia-not-cumbia.
Combo Chimbita is a group of first-generation New Yorkers who first began experimenting with different traditional musical styles during their late night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn. Their first EP, El Corredor del Jaguar, was released in 2016 on Names You Can Trust.
Comprised of eight original tracks with extended rhythmic interludes, Abya Yala explores Afro-Latinx grooves through cumbia, porros, champeta, funk and psych rock, and their “tropical futurism” sound combines looped bass lines, trippy synth tracks, hard driving beats, and the urgent singing of Carolina Oliveros.
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