1000% tropi-punk

Kumbia Queers

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This powerful band from Buenos Aires has been touring Europe for over 10 years – always seducing us with their cocktail of cumbia, rock, and hip hop, with critical and reflective lyrics that talk about fun, love and it’s opposite, and their passion for creative leisure and dance. Their latest album La Oscuridad Bailable remains loyal to the cumbia, but also walks on new paths, experimenting with more electronic sounds. The album is a tightrope walk between personal issues and emotional matters and at the same time a harsh denouncement of the actual neoliberal Argentinian politics.

The story goes back to the year 2007 where these musicians got bored of the punk rock scene, and
decided to do something completely different: cumbia. What started out as something just for fun,
led eventually to the formation of Kumbia Queers.

They describe their style as 1000% Tropi Punk – a wild mixture of Afro-Cuban and Latin American
cumbia influences, queerness and punk spirit. At a time when the electronic and world music scenes
from New York to Europe are in the process of discovering cumbia music, the chicas are
reinterpreting Latin American heart-ache and macho posturings, bringing fun and politics together in
their own wild style.

“Kumbia Queers not only masterfully wove harder edge rhythms and danceable grooves, but they also did it with undeniable showmanship. There’s a little bit of a musical cultural shock when you first see the punk-rock clad women suddenly synchronize their dance moves on stage – cumbia style. There was head banging and hip swaying. It’s not your grandmothers’s cumbia.”

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