Colombia’s hottest musical export Bomba EstÃ©reo releases its highly anticipated fourth album Amanecer [Awakening] today via Sony Music.
Already being hailed by critics as worldly and adventurous, Amanecer is an expansion of the band’s musical horizon, yet stays true to its trademark electro-tropical sound. Pairing up with producerRicky Reed of the Oakland hip-hop/pop collective Wallpaper, singer Liliana Saumet and multi-instrumentalist Simon MejÃa deliver their most colorful album yet.
On Ricky Reed’s words “Everything just happened without thinking really. Liliana has Colombian carribean coastal melody in herblood, Julian comes from the mountains blending highlife guitar and electro and Simon is a rhythmic geniusfrom the nations capital Bogota. And I grew up on rap records in Oakland, California. Just mix theingredients and this is what you get. It’s true pan-American sound.”Â
In recent years, Bomba EstÃ©reo has tveled the globe, bringing its sonic carnival to major music festivals including Roskilde,Â Bonnaroo, Coachella, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Vive Latino, Estereopicnic, Rock al Parque, Glastonbury, among many others. The band also visited Africa for the first time – a trip Saumet calls “the most important tour we’ve ever done because we were able to have a direct connection to the roots of our sound.”
MejÃa elaborates on the direction of the album: “I think by now Bomba found its musical identity, defined both by Liliana’s vocals, which are unique, and from the tropical fusion sound. We’re never going to be a rock or pop band. The colors may change, but the essence stays the same. On this album, there are more electronic elements and more sung melodies. It’s a more global album.”
In its “Ultimate Listening Guide to Bomba EstÃ©reo’s Amanecer,”Billboard raves:
“The result is an album that is still very much Bomba to the core, but it also makes room for new influences. Recorded between the band’s headquarters in BogotÃ¡ and Reed’s home studio in Los Angeles,Â AmanecerÂ should get them more airplay and even more gigs on the world stage. Take the lead single “Fiesta,” a party anthem dripping with bass and champeta that’s as much of an homage to the carnivals of their homeland as they’ve ever recorded, but it’s also a nod to Kwaito, an African genre of music fusing hip-hop, house, reggae, and traditional African rhythms.”
“BombaÂ EstÃ©reoÂ has been building modern party tunes on crisp Afro-Colombian rhythms for more than a decade. Local rhythms channeled through electronics: it’s a worldwide recipe for dance music.”-Â NEW YORK TIMES
“Musicians from all over Latin America are fusing old school folk sounds with modern electronic and rap styles… the leaders of the scene areÂ BombaÂ Estereo.” -Â Â ROLLING STONE