Today, Ghetto Kumbé have announced their upcoming debut LP, Ghetto Kumbé will be released May 22nd via ZZK Records. In the midst of political uprisings all over the world, Ghetto Kumbé and VENTS are teaming up for the premiere of the music video for their first single “Vamo a Dale Duro,” a sonic protest of the injustices caused by class divide.
Ghetto Kumbé bring political content to an Afrofuturism mixture of sounds that spread between Latin America, Africa, and Europe. The track’s hard-hitting yet light-hearted beat is highlighted by an ominous toll, signaling a call to the people to defend their rights and land. The gaita, a traditional instrument originally played by the indigenous people of Colombia’s Carribean coast, provides a smooth, melodic background layer to lyrics of resistance and African-influenced drum breaks. Oliver Williams aka The Busy Twist (UK) adds his own touch as co-producer of this track and those to come on the upcoming album on ZZK Records.
We get to sit with the band and they get to talk to us more about the song, the video and more!
Cn you tell us more about your song “Vamo A Dale Duro”?
Edgardo: We’re going throught some harsh times right now, the country is completely upside down and everyone keeps feeling increasingly powerless. “Vamo A Dale Duro” is a shout of resistance, a breath of encouragement for the people.
How has this recent tragic moments have influence your music? Was this song always influenced by this recent events or it was just “good” timing?
Andres: No, the current events had anything to do with the song. This was recorded on Bogota (Colombia) last year at the Zenith Audio studios, [and] we were thinking more about the situation that was happening at our country and the world at the time. “Vamo A Dale Duro” is our shout to the world.
Edgardo: Its really not a coincidence, this is not something new in our country, we’ve been fighting for our rights to live a decent life for years. “Vamo A Dale Duro” was born out of this dislike we all Colombians have for our country.
Destiny put us in a country where no one takes the people in consideration, that’s why we sing, we scream, we dance, for our rights!
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Edgardo: We always try to highlight what’s real, what our people is actually going through. That’s why we are always on real locations, where people are legit, always highlighting the situation of our country, not like what you see over there in the media with those music videos where everything looks nice, where everything is beauty and luxury. The truth is totally different and we have to highlight it, people have to know that there are many people here fighting for a change through good deeds, the arts, the music and, most importantly, with their hearts!
Cartagena, Palenque, Barranquilla and most of the cost has been our home and our main source of inspiration, that’s why it will always be the center stage of our work.