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Monday, July 20, 2015

Dance with Bomba Estéreo Tonight at the New Parish

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

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Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party like it's Barranquilla's Carnival. Bomba Estéreo, Colombia's hottest psychedelic cumbia group, play the New Parish in Oakland tonight, Monday, July 20, and Tuesday, July 21.

In the Bogotá club circuit, a bomba estéreo, or "stereo bomb," refers to a bad-ass, all-night rager. It's fitting, then, that the group Bomba Estéreo is bringing its fused Afro-Latin rhythms, electronic drum and bass production, and occasional nod to local Colombian instrumentation on a North American tour, heating up dancefloors nationwide with its technotrópico in support of its latest album, Amanecer.

The group formed in Bogotá a decade ago as A.M. 770, an eclectic group of musicians lead by multi-instrumentalist Simón Mejía after his alt-rock band Charconautas broke up. Eventually the group became Mejía's solo project. With collaborator Liliana "Li" Saumet contributing vocals, the group changed its name to Bomba Estéreo and quickly became one of the leading Latin American acts in the global festival circuit.

Saumet's vocals, the occasional gaita flute, and a blend of champeta, cumbia, and salsa rhythms introduce folk and human elements that cut through the bleary, hopped-up electronic pulse of a party. And if infectious dance beats aren't enough to keep you up all night, Saumet's positivity might. Bomba Estéreo's lyrics really do address love, peace, and happiness.

No word if concertgoers get a work break in between Monday and Tuesday's performances, so catch up on that email before the doors open at 8 p.m. 
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