Artist Profiles: La Chiva Gantiva

La Chiva Gantiva

La Chiva Gantiva is a Belgian band rooted in Afro-Colombian music. La Chiva Gantiva was founded around 2011 in Brussels by three Colombian students: Rafael Espinel, Natalia Gantiva and Felipe Decker. The group later grew into a multinational band with members of Colombian, Vietnamese, Belgian and Chilean origin. Their style combines Afro-Colombian rhythms with rock, afrobeat and funk.

In 2010, La Chiva Gantiva received the Premio SHOCK, an annual award given by Colombian television. The band has performed at festivals and venues in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Benin, the United States and Canada.


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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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