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Coachella 2011: Bomba Estereo brings Colombia to Indio via L.A.'s Nacional Records

April 14, 2011 | 11:11 am

In the days leading up to Friday's kickoff of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Pop & Hiss offers a preview of some of this year's less-established or underappreciated artists.


Who: Bomba Estéreo

When: Saturday

From: Bogotá, Colombia

There’s no shortage of indie bands claiming bongo-tinged dance beats and tropical overtones as influences, but this Colombian five-piece comes by both honestly. Its 2009 album, “Blow Up,” and 2010 followup, “Ponte Bomb E.P.,” practically sweat out of their covers, with guitars saturated in dub reverb and Liliana Saumet’s firebreathing Spanish raps and pillow talk moans. “Fuego” needs no translation for its incantory cumbia sass to hit hard, while “Raza” leans vibier with its ambient synth samples. The group's L.A.-based label, Nacional Records, had a crossover hit with the Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux, and they could have another one here with a good turn in Indio.


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-- August Brown

Photo: Bomba Estéreo. Credit: Nacional Records