For the first time on South African soil, Beanstalk and Black Major presents Colombian dynamite band, Bomba Estéreo! They’re here as part of the band’s tour through the Fire Fest Route – a music festival network that seeks to encourage and promote cultural exchange and arts development – in South Africa (Fire Ball in Cape Town), Mozambique (Azgo Festival) and Swaziland (MTN BushFire Festival).
This amazing project is made possible thanks to the involvement of the Colombian Embassy and its Cultural Promotion Plan in Southern Africa. You’ll have the chance to experience the sounds and some of the common roots between Colombia and the southern part of Africa (no it’s not what you’re thinking) all in your own backyard.
Founded in 2001 in Bogotá, Colombia, Bomba Estéreo describes its music as “Electro Vacilón” or “Electro Tropical”, in which it combines traditional Colombian music with electro to interpret everyday urban problems. In July 2009, Nacional Records released “Blow Up” for the US to rave reviews from top publications, taking the group around the world towards international recognition. That summer, Bomba Estéreo played the mythical New York City’s Bowery Ballroom and Central Park Summerstage, with the New York Times calling the performance,“kaleidoscopic and danceable”.
Voted MTV’s best new band in 2010 (when they were still concerned about music), Bomba Estéreo has provided music to well- known TV series in the US, Colombia and Argentina, as well as Hollywood movies.
BOMBA ESTÉREO WILL TAKE TO THE STAGE AT THE FIREBALL MAIN STAGE ON FRIDAY NIGHT, 31 MAY AT THE ASSEMBLY.
Venue: The Assembly
Doors open: 21:00
Price: Pre-sold R100 at www.webtickets.co.za and R120 at the door.
Line-Up Main Stage:
• Bomba Estéreo (Colombia)
• Sonidero Mandril (Mexican duo)
• Kongo Elektro (Congo/US)
• Toby2shoes (Zimbabwe)
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