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09 enero 2011

La 33 featured on National Geographic

La 33 featured on National Geographic

Source | Read the Interview (by Simon Calle):

Nat Geo Music Catches Up With Colombia's Newest Salsa Export

"Salsa is one of the most popular musical genres in Colombia. Despite the fact that it originated and developed miles away in Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York, the early circulation of recordings enabled Colombians to adopt Salsa as their own. Today in many Colombian cities the sounds of Romantic Salsa, Salsa Dura, and Timba blast from the speakers in bars, clubs, buses, cabs, and homes. Cities like Barranquilla and Cali are known worldwide for their hardcore Salsa aficionados and collectors. Caleños have even developed their unique stile of dancing. Cali is even considered by many as the salsa capital of the world. Colombians have also played and recorded Salsa since the late 1960s. Pioneering orchestras like Julian y su Combo and Fruko y sus Tesos and later Orquesta Guayacán and Grupo Niche have developed their own Colombian Salsa sound.

While people often associate Colombian Salsa with the two coasts, Bogotá, in the mountainous center of the country, has also had a tradition of hardcore Salsa fanatics and collectors. In the past eight years several new Salsa bands have emerged in the city with consolidating a small Salsa Bogotana scene. One of the first bands to gain public recognition was La 33, who will be making their second U.S, appearance this January at NYC's 8th annual globalFEST event.

The story of La 33 is very different from what one would expect from a Salsa band. Co-led by brothers Sergio and Santiago Mejia, what began as a project to study Latin Music later became an underground phenomenon and latter a commercial success in Colombia without the support of major record labels or mainstream media. The band was born in a rehearsal space owned by the Mejia brothers in Calle 33 (33rd street) in Bogotá, within a scene interested in the fusion of Afro-Colombian Musics (Choc Quib Town and Bomba Estereo, the most well known). Most of its members began their musical careers as teenagers playing Heavy Metal, Punk, and Ska, and somehow remain loyal to Punk aesthetics and values, something that becomes pretty evident when you see the band perform live.

Speaking from their offices in Bogotá, Santiago Mejia, pianist and co-leader of La 33, discussed the peculiar story of the band..."

Source | Read the Interview (by Simon Calle):

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