Pantropical proudly presents Combo Chimbita‘s exclusive NL show during their first European tour. The New York-based Colombian band transforms Afro-Latin rhythms into melodic witchcraft, stripping away wordly façades into something bare and beautiful, like time travel through the lush tropics of yore. This is the stuff of goosebumps that you can also dance to. We’re also delighted to have DJ / producer Tayhana, who established herself as one of the most powerful musical forces on the South and Central American dancefloors.
✹ COMBO CHIMBITA (CO/US) | Names You Can Trust, Anti Records) Visionary quartet Combo Chimbita combine folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia and a dash of punk attitude. Their latest release ‘Ahomale’ captures all that is essential about them: through Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric singing the powerhouse drumming, hypnotic synths and expressive guitar and bass playing, the band fuse the perennial rhythms of the Afro-Latin diaspora with a modern-day consciousness, while tracing the prophetic traditions of their ancestry. Oliveros: “Ahomale resurges from the visions that we’ve been having via our music and life, and the lyrics reflect a manifestation passed on through our ancestors and the gods”. https://combochimbita.bandcamp.com https://youtu.be/nM093T8EMGQ
✹ TAYHANA (AR | NAAFI, Hiedrah Club de Baile) Based in Mexico City, Tayhana is a maverick DJ and producer from Argentina who has established herself in the global club scene with her whirlwind selection of Latin American and global beats. She has a fearless mixing style that comprises a variety of contemporary crossovers. In 2013, Tayhana co-founded Hiedrah Club de Baile; a party series that pushes the experimental edge of Buenos Aires’ underground. Tayhana also collaborated with the Salviatek label in Uruguay and NAAFI in Mexico. https://soundcloud.com/tayhana
✹ DUCKFOOD (NL | pantropical, Rebel Up) Duckfood’s awe-inspiring music collection absorbs anything from Renaissance, and African-diasporic styles to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are extremely colourful and not preoccupied by categorization. Like always, with Duckfood the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place. https://soundcloud.com/duckfood
✹ BLONDEWEDNESDAY (PT / roffa) Blondewednesday wanders around in Roffa’s club microcosm in support of events, artists and initiatives. She is the founder of the Voyager collective, studies sonology at the Royal Conservatory and, more importantly also has a penchant for pantropicalisms. She will be closing the night.
This saturday, Cinema Colombiano teams up with Pantropical in WORM Rotterdam, for a party finale that continues into the small hours. Los Guaqueros, aka renowned DJ’s Mario ‘Gala’ Galeano (Los Pirañas, Frente Cumbiero, Ondatrópica) and Barba Roja, will open their treasure chest of rare vinyl for a unique musical trip through Colombia.
For more than a decade, Mario ‘Gala’ Galeano has been an innovator in the prolific music scene of Bogotá and Colombia at large. The dizzying range of projects he is active in includes Frente Cumbiero’s electronically-augmented vinyl archaeology, Ondatrópica’s Caribbean-Afrocolombian mash-up, and Los Pirañas’ Cumbia-surfpunk hybrid. Together with visual artist and fellow DJ/digger Mateo Rivano, Mario takes on the shape of Los Guaqueros (literally “The Looters”) – tomb raiders who dig their way through decrepit record vaults to find the gems of Colombia’s musical roots, aiming to reintroduce its unique rhythms and styles to audiences. See, hear & read more here.
WORM and Pantropical proudly host this year’s official Arab Film Festival afterparty. Cheb Gero from the Parisian Akuphone label, Rebel Up Duckfood and Discourse will DJ fantastic old and new dance tunes from the Arab world.
✹ CHEB GERO (fr | Akuphone) Cheb Gero (Fabrice Gery) is a music lover who runs the international Akuphone label from Paris. Fabrice’s DJ alias illustrates the diversity of the musical worlds he shares: ‘Cheb’ is a homage to Algerian Raï singers, whereas ‘Gero’ refers to the Japanese noise cult band of the same name, and to his own surname. His DJ sets consist of a broad range of music; Arab, African, and (South East) Asian folk, grooves and beats. soundcloud.com/cheb-gero • https://akuphone.com
✹ DUCKFOOD (roffa | Pantropical, Rebel Up) Duckfood’s awe-inspiring music collection absorbs anything from Renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not preoccupied by categorization. Because of his love for the Maghreb and Arab music he is hellbent to make something extra special of this evening. soundcloud.com/rebeluppa/zl-alibah-rebel-up-libya-duckfood-stomper
✹ DISCOURSE (ir/nl | Fwd: Gher Space) discourse (Katayoun Arian) is an Iranian-Dutch DJ, curator and writer. She is the founder of Fwd: Gher Space, an Amsterdam-based platform that aims to be a home for a growing community of women and female DJs in particular. The platform strives to connect music loving audiences, VJs, dancers, artists and allies with different experiences, cultural backgrounds and gender identities, to diverse musical traditions, communities, and venues. Her writing often deals with questions of decoloniality and communality. soundcloud.com/katayounamsterdam
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