Afrotumbao: Pacific Coast Afro-Colombian Meets Hip Hop

I meant to tell you about this band a long time ago.


Afrotumbao’s album No Es Facil (It’s Not Easy) was another great Colombian fusion music recommendation from Cesar at Musiteca in Bogota last year.  One I’m happy for.

Afrotumbao is an independent band based in Bogota, made up of 10 members from different parts of Colombia.

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The group creates music that’s a mix of traditional Afro Colombian sounds and modern hip hop.

Marimba de ChontaThose traditional sounds come from the principal (and beautiful sounding) instrument – the Marimba de Chonta a percussion instrument from the Pacific Coastal region of Colombia. The rest come from electric guitar, bass, drum kit, percussion, trumpet, sax, clarinet, piano, vocals & raps.

Sample tracks from No Es Facil here…


El Pescador – No Es Facil

Pacifico Soy – No Es Facil

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