Falakumbe are five men from Stockholm, that has its roots in Chile and Peru. They describe their band as ”a liberating place”, filled with music, joy, and political resistance.
And it is heard, all the way through the debut album ”Tropical blast”. They have taken the music style cumbia, which over the decades has spread from its origin in Colombia across Latin america and mixed it with punk, ska and various Latin american rhythms.
bastardmusik, a carnival latinpunk. The group makes me think of a kind of andinskt Mano Negra. They manage to combine rock weight with cumbians light turn. A hot-tempered one, twangig electric guitar penetrates up by a galloping throng of percussion.
Falakumbe has toured in both Denmark and Germany. ”Tropical blast” is a solid album, but something tells me that they lift another notch on the stage.
see also Magnus the Companion musikrecension of Kokoko! from the Congo-Kinshasa.