Romperayo is a musical journey through Colombian tropical folklore of the second half of the 20th century, a mischievous and modern interpretation of the up-tempo rhythms of “Descarga” and the psychedelic sounds of ’70s cumbia. Romperayo is distinguished by the prominence of the rhythm section, probably because the band was formed by the “capitán” of the new generation of Colombian percussionists: drummer Pedro Ojeda, who also plays in Los Pirañas, Palanca, CieloMama, Frente Cumbiero, Ondatrópica and Mucho Indio. Eblis Alvarez (from the world-renowned Meridian Brothers and Los Pirañas)tweaks samplers and electronics, organ and piano virtuoso Ricardo Gallo plays the synths, and well-known double-bassist and composer Juan Manuel Toro is on the electric bass. By cleverly incorporating urban sounds and sampling techniques into the tropical music of the past decades, Romperayo embodies Colombia’s modern folklore scene.
Watch Romperayo – Anibal Vuelvelo a Meter, live in the studio
Watch “Cumbia Reggae Funky” preñiered on Le Mellotron Youtube channel