New Music and Tours by Puerto Rico’s ÌFÉ and NYC/Colombia’s Combo Chimbita

By 03 May, 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like SUMMER in New York City. The music festivals that bring us emerging and established Latin music acts (AfroLatinoFestNYC, Latin Alternative Music Conference, Central Park Summerstage, and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!) have announced their lineups. And, now, two high energy bands have announced their summer tours by releasing new tunes.

Puerto Rico: ÌFÉ 

Puerto Rico’s ÌFÉ have new single “Voodoo Economics (Wolfman)” off their forthcoming sophomore album.

The Puerto Rican band, fronted by Puerto Rico based drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun, have launched the biggest tour of the United States of their career with dates from Washington, D.C. to theirLos Angeles debut. They are also performing at the prestigious FORM Arcosanti Festival in Arizona alongside Anderson Paak, Kaytranada, Bonobo, Nicola Cruz, Pussy Riot and more.

“Voodoo Economics” moves as a modern day funeral song, written as a lament for Adolf Wolfgang Siemon-Otero, one of the group’s musician friends who was murdered in the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the target of a drug trafficking dispute. The song, built around sacred Afro Cuban bata rhythms and prayers, plays a powerful procession, honoring those that have fallen.

Listen to the track below, and see tour dates here. They play Brooklyn in July with Brooklyn-based electronic indie band Balún opening.

NYC/Colombia: Combo Chimbita

Meanwhile, in New York, Combo Chimbita set out for a hearty tour in support of their brand new album Ahomale (ANTI- Records) today, the 3rd of May. They kick things off with a new track, Revelación (Candela), and a hometown record release show in Brooklyn on Saturday, the 4th.

As for the album, lead singer Carolina Oliveros tells us “Ahomale resurges from the visions that we’ve been having via our music and life, and the lyrics reflect a manifestation passed on through our ancestors and the gods. I wanted the album to convey the search for spiritual awareness, which ultimately serves as a revelation.”

Looks like the band will be busy all summer, with major stops throughout North America. Tickets here.

5/2 – New Haven, CT – State House
5/3 – Winooski, VT – Waking Windows
5/4 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Hall
5/5 – Washington DC – DC9
5/6 – Raleigh, NC – Pour House
5/7 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor
5/8 – Atlanta, GA – 529
5/10 – Houston, TX – Satellite
5/11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rustic
5/12 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
5/14 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
5/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
5/16 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation
5/17 – San Francisco, CA – Café Du Nord
5/21 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
5/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
5/23 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
5/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
5/25 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
5/27 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
5/28 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
5/30 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
5/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
6/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
7/3 – Easthampton, MA – New City Brewery
7/4 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
7/5 – Toronto, ON – The Rec Room
7/6 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory
7/7 – Chicago, IL – West Fest
7/8 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
7/9 – Madison, WI – U of Wisconsin
7/10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
7/11 – 7/14 – Winnipeg, Canada – Winnepeg Folk Festival
7/16 – Cincinnati, OH – Northside Tavern
7/17 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
7/18 – Buffalo, NY – 9th Ward
7/19 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
7/25 – 7/28 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Fest

Follow Sounds and Colours: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Mixcloud / Soundcloud / Bandcamp

Subscribe to the Sounds and Colours Newsletter for regular updates, news and competitions bringing the best of Latin American culture direct to your Inbox.