6 Colombian Artists you don’t want to miss at SXSW

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SXSW Update 03/06/2020: Announced it was being cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus concerns and after major sponsors dropped out. Regardless, here’s a few artists you should definitely listen to!

The corona virus has done its deal of event-disruption. Even making tech giants like Twitter and Facebook drop out of their participation at SXSW this year. However, conference officials confirm the festival is moving along as intended, with safety as its top priority. For this, we wanted to highlight some of the most impressive Colombian-LatinX artists front-running SXSW this year.

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1
Montañera

Montañera is a singer-songwriter from Bogotá, Colombia, a Marca Colombia artist.Together with her other musical projects, Ságan and Suricato, she has performed more than 300 concerts in countries like the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Spain, France, Italy and Turkey. She has presented her music in places as varied as the Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, MaMA Paris, Festival Estereo Picnic, SXSW, Jazz Festival at the Park, KEXP, and Festival Colombia al Parque, among others. She was invited by the Colombian Ministry of Culture to speak at the MaMA fair in Paris.

Check her music on Spotify.

2
Ghetto Kumbé

Ghetto Kumbé is the meeting in Bogotá of 3 great Colombian musicians from the Caribbean coast. A combo of wizards’ singers and percussionists calling the public all around the world to join their digital rumba. Their transcendent ritual is made with a powerful base of percussions following afro Colombian rhythms inspired by west Africa and Caribbean house beats.

Check them out on Spotify.

3
Dragón Rojo

Armando Paez, known as Dragon Rojo from Cartagena, Colombia is a songwriter and performer based in Bogota. 
Co-creator/ex-member of the Tropical Urban music project Dragon Y Caballero, his music draws a variety of musical influences, including rap, tropical, electronica, moombahton, champeta and raggamuffin. Dragon Rojo has worked on mixtape projects with many other artists, such as Jiggy Drama, Criss y Ronny, Mister H, Poliarco, Mery Lionz, Criss & Ronny, Jota Mendoza, Jaisson Jeack, Big Yamo, buxxi.

Check his music on Spotify.

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La Matilda

La Matilda and their music bring a party of unity and joy. They have toured several places in Ecuador, Colombia and United States showing a colorful and multicultural fusion that combines Caribbean and Pacific rhythms. This emotive, explosive and full of Latin rhythms experience can blow your mind. Their musical proposal creates awareness and demonstrates his pride in Latin culture, their style is New Latin Roots Music.

Check their music on Spotify.

5
La Fragua Band

La Fragua is a fusion of Colombian rhythms, a group of exotic sounds that brings together chucu chucu, cumbias, Latin roots and enveloping atmospheres that evoke the tropics.

During their career the sounds of the city have gone beyond the Colombian borders, making 5 international tours for a consecutive year, participating in festivals and performing in prominent places in each country: Cuba (2014), Mexico (2015), United States (2016, 2017 and 2018), Spain (2019), SXSW, LAMC, CirculArt.

Check their music on Spotify.

6
Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed and exhibited around the world, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Lido’s Polaris Music Prize-winning album La Papessa (2016), charts an evolution from her debut LP Color (2010), an album full of (as the title suggests) colorful landscapes and positive vibrations. La Papessa, takes a more personal approach, describing the narrative of how Lido has found her independence as a woman who refuses to fit pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be. 

Check her music on Spotify.

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