A Taste of Colombia in the East Village

July 25th, 2012

Initially Bomba Estéreo began as a solo project for Simón Mejía more than 10 years ago in Bogotá, Colombia. (Although prior to that he was in bands that covered Metallica and the Cure.) The idea was to combine traditional Colombian music and electronica, which he did to a great effect. But upon meeting singer Liliana Saumet at a concert, Mejía (loops and bass) decided to no longer work alone, and a one-man band became a quintet with the addition of Saumet, Diego Cadavid (percussion), Kike Egurrola (drums) and Julian Salazar (guitar). Since then, the group has toured extensively, playing high-energy shows at festivals like Bonnaroo and SXSW, in the process creating what The Guardian calls “a tasty stew that references dubstep and reggaeton while carving its own niche.” Their current tour brings Bomba Estéreo (above, doing “Fuego” on Last Call with Carson Daly from this year’s SXSW) to Webster Hall tomorrow night.