This article is about a Colombian band that I didn’t find interesting at all upon first contact and fell in love with while understanding their message.
My first contact:
a bearded host presents a drastically made-up Latina and her nerdy band members und upon the first beats I felt like in a bad joke from the 80’s.
Que es estoooo I thought and I couldn’t understand why my local friends would love that sound so much.
Later I had an earworm of that song and I planned to look for more songs hoping that I would get interested in the band.
I found this:
They are at the Cerro Monserrate, overlooking Bogotá and play an emotional acoutisc version of „Pa‘ Respirar“.
I discovered a live-version:
…and began to understand what this project was about: to mix all the good things from electro, salsa, cumbia, pop and rap with an orpulent arsenal of ambient noises that reflect Colombian nature. By the way I started to like the Caribbean dialect of frontsinger Liliana Saumet.
Bomba Estereo is also about expressing a new movement of females in a still masculine coined society that seek more autonomy. Their songs are about Emancipation and self-definition combined with a big portion of love for their country.
You should listen to „La Nina Rica“
…where they talk about the woman, who is the posh beauty enjoying every flashlight without having knowledge of anything. It is not enough anymore to be just beautiful in this new Colombian generation.
I happened to like that band pretty much as their music reminds me on my days in Colombia. These songs express the power, warmth and heartiness of colombian people that I have trouble bringing back without this music.
How do you like Bomba Estereo?