SEXXY SATURDAY CUMBIA : SYSTEMA SOLAR

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Not strictly just Cumbia but one of Colombia’s biggest current bands and thus I think they deserve to grace a Sexxy Saturdy Cumbia post.

We’ve been bigging up this band all year and it seems that has finally paid off.  They’ve been touring the world all year and have appeared at some of the biggest Festivals.   They finally release their debut album in the USA on 14 October 2010.

Fusing a mixture of hip-hop, champeta and cumbia, this is a band also with a social conscience:

“Our goal as artists is to project positivity and joy, as a constructive attitude to confront the hard times our world is facing,”

Man I’m all for that!!

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SYSTEMA SOLAR – MI KOLOMBIA

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Read the Official PR:

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A new craft is winging its way through the sonic solar system, built from creaky amps and sleek laptops, powered by dayglo Caribbean sun and the brilliant pulse of street parties, and steered by hip-hop Afronauts from one of the globe’s new music hotspots.

Welcome aboard Colombia’s Systema Solar, the funkiest Technocolor hip-hop and DJ crew/Latin sound system ever to be pulled by donkey or graced with slammin’ beats. Uniting Afro-Colombian roots with rap, scratching with Afro-Latin percussion, and unstoppable dance grooves with a live video mix, Systema Solar has landed on the world stage with Systema Solar (ONErpm.com; October 14, 2010), the perfect intro to Latin America’s coolest musical-visual collective.

Systema Solar bursts with the colors and sounds of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, right down to the band’s glittering suits. This florescent exuberance is inspired by a favorite local institution, the pikos, or mobile sound systems akin to Jamaica’s pick-ups, movable parties that can be set up anywhere.

“On the coast, everyone has a huge stereo, as big as possible,” explains Systema Solar’s producer and sonic architect Juan Carlos Pellegrino. “When the pikos began, people started buying more and more amps and got into creating really big sound systems and these parties. They close a place on the edge of town, or a street in some village or city, and start blasting music. The louder, the better.”

The piko evolved into its own quirky, vibrant format, with passionate competition between crews, insisting they’ll blow away anyone else’s pathetic speakers. Announcers imitate the undulating r’s and over-the-top diction of radio personalities (Systema Solar do their own version on “Plakas”). And musically, they’re platforms for reshaping Afro-Latin styles on the spot.

“Champeta is African music reinterpreted by the Colombian people on the coast,” Dani Broderick, DJ and producer with the group, recounts. “You have African sounds, mixed with Colombian rhythms and lyrics, with their lives and feelings, and with live remixing, putting on beats. Lots of pikos DJ love that famous Casio machine with the dog sound. That’s a classic: You start doing the beat and the barking and making up lyrics as you go along.”

All the spontaneity and quirky aesthetics are the perfect launch pad for the group’s vision of a Colombian music that brings together the best of the country’s hip hop and techno scenes with the best of its roots. Made up of some of Colombia’s hottest rappers, techno DJs, percussionists, and video artists, the collective transforms the essence of the pikos into bangin’, infectious, vivid tracks that use everything from sampled 1940s vinyl to scratching to blazing drums.

Powering all this creativity is another aspect of the Colombian Caribbean, verbena, the good-time celebratory spirit guiding parties from tiny hamlets to big cities. This positive focus on lifting spirits and getting down stands out in stark contrast to other hip-hop movements in Colombia, like the gangsta-inflected hardcore rap of Bogotá.

“Verbena is the traditional party of the people. That’s what we do also. We make that moment of joyful gathering possible,” says vocalist Walter Hernandez, trying to convey the word’s complexity. “The verbena lets everyone express and liberate themselves, to be free, to change their ways. That’s why we call our style ‘berbenautics;’ we’re navigating the verbenosphere!”

This spirit of verbena slyly turns Colombia’s often harsh realities—corruption, violence, poverty—into moments for reflection. Systema Solar aims to do more than tear the roof of the sucker; they want to call out injustice in the service of social change. And with a cheeky grin.

“Our goal as artists is to project positivity and joy, as a constructive attitude to confront the hard times our world is facing,” Pellegrino muses. “A lot of artists in Colombia, who live in a rough political climate, feel the militant revolutionary chanting songs or actions ‘against’ the system are no longer a functional form of bringing about change. What drives us is creating music, videos and a performances that make people conscious about the the troubles of the world, but in a way that is not fatalist, by showing the positive in what seems negative at first glance.”

The hip-hop jam of “El Amarillo” decries the passivity of the populace, turned into sheep and kept ignorant to serve others’ political aims. “Quien es el patron?” lambastes Colombia’s drug-lord culture, in an ironic celebration of drug culture and its ultimate supporters in wealthy countries. “Mi Kolombia” criticizes the imbalance of power between North and South, by telling of the woes of Colombians seeking visas to visit the U.S.

The unusual yet engaging mix of medium and message has put Systema Solar in the unexpected position of uniting old folks and young hipsters, metal heads and Latin music lovers, on the same dance floors, something unheard of in Colombia and rare elsewhere.

“At this moment in Colombia, Systema Solar’s importance lies in the way we’re gathering different people from all different musical scenes, audiences from different movements and generations and social classes,” reflects Hernandez. “It’s our contribution to a real world music. Not just a marketing niche, a music that can unite the world.”

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SYSTEMA SOLAR BIO:

Systema Solar is a musical-visual collective from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. It’s members, originating from a diversity of territorial and sonorous latitudes have found in the afro Caribbean vibrations a sea of possibilities to renovate the strength and spirit of Colombian music. The objective of the collective is to create audio-visual performances with their own style which they denominate the “berbenautika”. Influenced by the spirit of the Colombian piko culture (sound systems style performances), the members of the group come together to create, adapt and reinvent different music through improvisation, emphasizing the cult of joy and dance. They recycle the afro Caribbean and folkloric music of Colombia such as cumbia, bullerengue, porro and champeta and fusion these through electronic tools with contemporary rhythms and cultural styles such as hip hop, house, techno, breakbeat, breakdance, turntablism and live video performance. Systema Solar was created at the end of 2006 for a performance at the opening ceremony of the biennial of contemporary art of Medellin MDE07, since then, the group has presented itself all over Colombia and produced its first record in 2009 titled Systema Solar.

Come and dance with us, Systema Solar!

JHON PRIMERA The devil of the Caribbean flow John Primera is an MC that represents Caracas and Cartagena de Indias. Thanks to his unique flow, in 2007, he wins both the Batalla de Gallos organized by Redbull and Nokia Trend in Bogota.

John Primera • Voice
INDIGO
The voice of take off Indigo who is from Turbaco a small afro Colombian town on the Caribbean coast is a social communicator, investigator of afro music and an old school member and promoter of Colombian hiphop culture, additionally he is DJ, dancer, narrator and MC. He is recognized in Colombia for his unique talent as master of ceremonies and perfomer.

Walter Hernandez.• Voice
PELLEGRINO
The sonorous architect Pellegrino, Colombian musician and sound engineer exported to France, where he worked for over 10 years in the production of electronic music with groups such as Crydamoure (Daft Punk), and major recording labels. Since his return to Colombia in 2007, Juan Carlos has been involved in a diversity of cultural and comercial projects ranging from the production of Frekuensia Kolombiana; a compilation of Colombian hip hop to producing music for Colombia´s television and film industries.

Juan Carlos Pellegrino – Producer
DANIBOOM
The king of cumbia techno Daniboom is one of the most recognized techno DJ’s in Colombia. He has been spinning techno records in since 1995 and is responsible for co founding some of the most important collectives and festivals of Bogota’s underground electronic scene; Mutaxion and Bogotrax. He has worked together with Juan Carlos also on several musical projects for Colombia´s television and film industry.

Daniel Broderick • DJ / Producer
PATA DE PERRO
The video jockey of the Colombian movie Pata de Perro originally from Belgium, is one of the forerunning video jockeys of the Colombian scene, recognized for her documentary style which brings Colombian everyday life to the screen. She has presented herself in important festivals at a national and international level, such as Bogotrax in Bogota, ISEA 2006 in California and Pixelache in Finland.

Vanessa Gocksch • Visuals
DJ CORPAS
The giant of afro Colombian scratch DJ Corpas, from Cartagena de Indias developed his skills and style while working within Medellin’s hiphop scene as the DJ for one of Colombia’s most important independent hiphop labels, Kmusic. He has been with Systema Solar since 2008, bringing to the group his talent as a DJ and ideas for tracks. Arturo Corpas – DJ ANDRES The tornado of Caribbean rhythm Andrés Gutiérrez is from Barranquilla and Santa Marta. He started playing drums as a child then studied music and percussion in the Bellas Artes college in Barranquilla, finishing his studies in the National University of Colombia in Bogota. He has worked on several musical productions for groups from the Colombian Caribbean, always by providing afro Colombian rhythms. He has been performing with Systema Solar since 2009.

Andrés Gutiérrez • Percussionist
Systema Solar´s guest musician
BATORI
Hard papaya Graduating from rocker mutations, he has transgressed through the Colombian music scene feeling its fibers, front man of the infamous band Perro Muerto, an explorer without limits, an expert in flavor. With his appearance as a special guest to Systema Solar´s first record , the dream of making music together came to life and the Fayaguaya song was born. He is nos working on his next record with his band Papaya Republik.

LINKS:

Systema Solar Website >> go there
Systema Solar MySpace >> go there
Systema Solar YouTube >> go there
ONErpm Website >> go there

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