Thursday August 10th: Bomba Estéreo
Bomba Estéreo is a Colombian group based in Bogota that weds tropical, cumbia, vallenato, and champeta rhythms to electro, reggae, and pop in a unique form of dance music.
The group was formed by Bogotá native Simón Mejía out of his A.M. 770 project, a recording outfit that utilized salsa, cumbia, electro beats, and dance music. He renamed the group Bomba Estereo in 2005 which translates into Colombian as “a loud & crazy party”.
The group's debut album, Vol. 1, appeared in 2006 as a solo record, with contributions from several musicians and singers including singer/rapper Liliana "Li" Saumet. The pair remains the band's central members.