Elegancia Tropical (Polen Records, 2012)
The new album by popular Colombian band Bomba Estéreo brings more of their well-established formula that blends cumbia roots with pop, champeta, dancehall and electronics. Although there are much more interesting acts in Colombia, Bomba Estéreo is one of Colombia’s most significant pop acts and has found success in North America and other territories performing for Latin, pop, rock and world music audiences.
“It’s all about the happiness,” says Liliana Saumet, Bomba Estéreo’s charismatic vocalist about the band’s dance friendly sound.
The band recorded Elegancia Tropical by the beach. “We were just hanging on the beach,” recollects Simón Mejía, Bomba’s bassist and main composer. “We weren’t really thinking about anything. Just making nice music. A couple of songs came through that process of being very relaxed, ‘El Alma y El Cuerpo’ and ‘Pure Love.’ We didn’t think or care too much about making some big hit like ‘Fuego,’ just about having a good time.”
Elegancia Tropical combines danceable cumbia electropop with laidback songs.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.