Bomba Estereo has been exploding on an international level for the past couple of years, but now, it appears as if the Latin American fusion band are truly about to detonate in the United States. Coming off a memorable performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Bogota, Colombia-based quartet are continuously charming audiences by blending elements of dubstep and reggaeton with the traditional base of cumbia music.
That innovative and energetic hybrid not only defines the group, but embodies their recent offering “Ponte Bomb.” The seven-track EP, which serves as a lead-in to their upcoming third studio album due out later in the year, is a dance-driven collection that features singer Liliana Saumet’s pop-flavored vocals spewing hypnotic Spanish lyricism over a plethora of electro-charged club bangers.
While it contains remixes of their smash songs “Fuego” and “La Boquilla,” the highlight is the title track “Ponte Bomb,” which is their bass-heavy bilingual rendition of the Technotronics’ 1989 hit record “Pump Up The Jam.”
Bomba en Fuego
Though Bomba Estereo are currently being praised for their music, the truth is they’ve been on “Fuego” -- or “Fire” -- for a minute now.
In 2001, Simon Mejia had the concept when he was mixing random sounds together from genres like house, rock, hip-hop and cumbia. What was initially meant as a studio project turned into a massive career move. By 2005, he recruited three other artists and called the group A.M. 770. The troupe would rename themselves Bomba Estereo in 2006, brand their name within Bogota’s underground electronic scene and release their debut album, simply entitled “Volume 1.”
“Volume 1” was epic for Bomba Estereo because it also marked the first collaboration between Mejia and Saumet. Introduced by a mutual friend, the pair recorded “Huepaje” and that’s when the group would go through a slight transformation.
Mejia re-launched Bomba Estereo with a new team. In addition to Saumet joining the fusion group, guitarist Julian Salazar and drummer Kike Egurrola were recruited to provide even more depth to their recording sessions and live shows. Also, Mejia secured a distribution deal through Nacional Records and worked out a contract with Polen Records, which would allow them to release music in Colombia and beyond.
The Sophomore Album
With a fresh start and solid distribution deals in place, Bomba Estereo unleashed their sophomore set “Estalla” in 2008 (it would later be re-released in 2009 as “Blow Up” in America) and it received rave reviews from many international publications. Even MTV called Bomba Estereo “The Best New Band in the World.” Now that’s some pretty high praise.
Fueled by “Fuego” and “La Boquilla,” Bomba Estereo promoted the album by building up their social media presence, making music videos and performing concerts in several countries. In fact, the quartet even swung through the ‘States in 2010 to rock out at Bonnaroo and SXSW.
Although Bomba Estereo have made quite a name for themselves thus far, the best is yet to come. With a new EP out, an album in the works and more people falling in love with their invigorating musical style, everything is in place for the Latin American fusion band to blow up in a major way -- no pun intended.
Be sure to check out Bomba Estereo performing Live Sessions at Red Bull Studio on Thursday, May 26 at 5 PM Eastern Time/ 2 PM Pacific Time.
- Liliana Saumet – Vocals
- Julian Salazar – Guitarist
- Simon Mejia – Bassist
- Kike Egurrola – Drummer
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