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Cumbia Cosmonauts and the Radio Africa Band
On their long-awaited second album Melbourne-based Cumbia Cosmonauts offer up a distinct proposal with cumbia and tropical bass meeting the ancient musical traditions of the West African griots. This album is four years in the making, capturing the sound of synthesizers, kora, animal skin percussion and drum machines forged over a series of acclaimed live performances.
Cumbia Cosmonauts’ creative force Moses Iten describes the album’s sound as “inspired by the afro-futurist vision behind concept recordings produced for Colombian sound system DJs from Rafael Machuca (Cumbia Siglo XX, Myrian Makenwa) in the 1970s, to the champeta of the 1980s and contemporary guarapo music.”
Released by Hawaii Bonsaï Records.