We have been waiting four years to hear new material from the fabulous Colombian band, Bomba Estéreo. Now, the group composed of beatmaster/songwriter Simón Mejía and vocalist/lyricist Li have given us a taste of their upcoming album.
Bomba Estéreo released their new single “Conexión Total,” a bilingual collaboration with Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade, which is one of the three tracks that make up their new EP “Tierra.”
The songs are a preview of ‘Deja,’ the band’s eagerly awaited first album in 4 years, which will be released on September 10th and is now available for pre-order on vinyl.
“Collaborating with Yemi is a huge honor as our music has been deeply inspired by Africa in all senses since we started,” says Bomba Estereo’s founder Simon Mejia in a press release. “Colombia’s folk music owes a lot to the mother continent, that powerful mix of African drums and marimbas, with indigenous flutes and chants is the base of the incredible soundscape of this country. Yemi is a great artist and has an amazing voice. We’re really happy to keep on extending the cultural and ancestral ties that bond Africa with South America.”
The album ‘Deja’ is conceptually divided into four sections that correspond to the four elements of the earth: Water, Air, Earth, and Fire.
“The album is about the connection and disconnection of human beings from the planet, from one’s own self,” singer Liliana “Li” Saumet says. “It’s about how we’re disconnected, more connected to electronic devices and virtual things than real things. So we decided to use the four elements because they’re part of the equilibrium of human beings.”
Its first single, “Conexión Total,” is a bilingual and unique collaboration with Alade, who has made a name for herself after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009 and becoming one of the most important singers and activists in Africa.
“I was very excited when Bomba Estéreo contacted us,” Yemi shares. “For real, the collaborations between Africa and Latin America are too few, and one can say almost non-existent. I immediately accepted; I was blown away by the idea of exporting my African urban culture to the Latin world and promoting Latin American culture in Africa. It’s like a homecoming. This type of experience is unique and shows us how music knows no borders”.