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COMBO CHIMBITA: TROPICAL FUTURISM
July 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm| Free
Inspired by Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism, Combo Chimbita champions Tropical Futurism, “the idea that the future doesn’t necessarily have to be this super white Western high-tech Star Wars stuff; that the indigenous ideas and culture of people of color, people of Latin America, can also represent a magical and substantial future. The old and deep knowledge that indigenous people have of the land has been neglected for many years as part of capitalism and colonization.”
The band draws on “traditional music from everywhere: Panama, Caribbean, Colombia, tamboritos, ‘70s funaná from Cape Verde, kompa from Haiti, cumbia, dub and reggae from Jamaica. We try to incorporate it in a way that if feels ours, so you hear these influences there but they come from our background, and our background is heavy rock, psychedelic funk and soul,” says guitarist Niño Lento. As Prince of Queens puts it: “Combo Chimbita is like a comeback to that raw punk energy, back to where it all started for me. But then obviously with the elements that we’ve grown to love and appreciate: the African diaspora and Caribbean and South America.”
Combo Chimbita is joined by Buyepongo, Reina Terror, STEFA and WAMOO, artists that blur the lines of Latinidad and occupy undefined space in the spectrum of genre.
Location in Threes: Tiny Montgomery