El Tambó Fest 2018, Night One: First-Ever Cumbia Summit of the Borderlands
FRIDAY, APRIL 27th, 2018, 6pm-2am • HOTEL CONGRESS • TUCSON, ARIZONA
A celebration of cumbia in the borderlands! For the first time, cumbia bands from across the borderlands meet in Tucson for a night of discussion, encuentro, and dancing. Cumbia is the rhythm of Las Américas. Every region from Arizona to Argentina has its own variation, and these young artists are bringing this ancestral expression of mestizaje into the 21st century in vibrant, exciting ways.
Chicha Dust (Tucson) – Tucson’s XIXA returns to their chicha roots for a massive party sound.
La Diabla (Tijuana) – La Diabla is an infectious rhythm, five faces strategically concealed behind sunglasses and bandanas, and is credited with creating an appetite for Colombian Roots Cumbia in Tijuana and its sister city of San Diego. This band stays true to traditional instruments such as the accordion, guacaracha, and caja valleneta. La Diabla translates to “The She-Devil,” and will seduce audiences with
Cumbia Sabanera throughout Los Angeles and Southern California and beyond.
Frontera Bugalú (El Paso / Ciudad Juárez) – Frontera Bugalu is a musical project founded by accordionist and composer Kiko Rodriguez in El Paso, Texas in 2011. Originally established to cover songs by border composers from Texas, it eventually became its own creative project with the release of its debut album in 2011. The band made its name by performing an energetic fusion of border folk and cumbia music.
Complimented by the button accordion and keyboards, the music creates a connection between traditional border music and the Caribbean music that swept through Mexico in the 30’s. The result is a unique sound reflective of the underground “Pachuco” scene of El Paso and Juarez. It has been called “alternative cumbia” or “cumbia rock” as it fuses tropical sounds with an upbeat drum set and percussion section that leaves audiences going between a Latino dance night to a “cumbia pit”.
Frontera’s influences stem from a norteno vallenato/cumbia obsession created in Monterrey, MX, which spread to many cities on the border and was best exemplified in the 90s by groups like El Gran Silencio and Celso Piña.
They combine that with the traditional Mexican-American love for boleros, son, mambo and other old school genres, which the
pachuco scene in Juarez made famous in the 30’s. Originality is the key for this sextet, which now has two studio albums under their belt and are now looking to take the sound out nationally and internationally.
Native Creed (Tohono O’odham Nation) – Bringing native waila and cumbia driven by guitar, accordion and saxophone. A favorite on the T.O. Nation makes their El Tambó debut.
Sonido Cachimbo (Ciudad Juárez) –
is a music group from Ciudad Juárez that was born in late 2010, influenced by Latin rhythms with highlights in Colombian Cumbia, Vallenato, Porro, Merengue, among other Caribbean rhythms. This is a proposal full of dancing, celebration but at the same time meditating about specific issues of its border city, their country and Latin America. At the sound of Tropi Cumbia Fronteriza, Sonido Cachimbo tries to bring its music proposal to any place where music can create a community feeling, from a square, a plaza, a district, a theater, an auditorium, a market, or even a bar. Because they bring the party through their music and social message towards social equality, racial and gender inclusion, as well as respect for human life and dignity.
Mixes of tropical and Caribbean rhythms like cumbia, reggae, merengue, salsa and others, as well as rock, ska and punk, to mention a few, always waving proudly the Juárez border flag. These roots is what gives influence to the lyrics and music of Sonido Cachimbo, telling the border way of life and the Social issues that take place in this region and are shared with the violent globalized cities throughout Latin America, without ignoring nor forgetting all the good things and virtues of their people. The music-turning of this diverse context is what they call “TROPI CUMBIA FRONTERIZA.”
Since 2013 Sonido Cachimbo has made its way in multiple venues throughout Mexico and the US, performing in three editions of one of the most important cultural festivals in northern Mexico (Chihuahua ́s International Festival 2011-2014), the old Salón México in Mexico City, and also having presence in different stages throughout 5 states of the México–US border region combined.
In 2014, the band released its first album produced in a totally independent effort and without record label. Titled ̈Tropicumbia Fronteriza ̈, achieving to be played in different latitudes. In 2015 started to perform in high profile events, taking its musical proposal to the production of a complete live show.
Sonido Cachimbo has shared stage with several prestigious bands like Panteón Rococó, La Santa Cecilia, Nortec Colective, Señor Bikini, Armando Palomas, La Sonora Santanera, Afrodita, Fobia, DLD, Reyno, Enjambre, Orgy, Hello Seahorse, Caloncho, Mon Laferte, Celso piña, El Gran Silencio, Maite Hontelé, Puerto Candelaria; and a colaboration in studio with Clemente Castillo from Jumbo..
Sonido El Tambó (Tucson) – DJ Dirtyverbs (Logan Phillips, founder), DJQ (Enrique García Naranjo), DJ Toltech (Kiko Lerma), DJ Humble Lianess (Meleena Velez) – Holding space for Sonora and Arizona, the DJ crew hosts the event and highlights cumbia’s intersections with electronic sounds.