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October Outlook: Colombia

The Panorama Lighthouse is a section that is responsible for highlighting the most important releases in Ibero-America and is published simultaneously in all the media that make up the alliance, thus multiplying its reach and visibility. Every delivery updates us on the struggles in each of our countries, currently going through the reality of COVID-19, and on the news of their musical ecosystems. As we always say, there is much to discover out there. If you want to know what the region sounds like today, this is the place and the time.

Lighthouse is composed of IndieToday (Argentina), Scream&Yell (Brazil), shock (Colombia), Magazine AM:PM (Cuba),  POTQ (Chili), Sound World and Construction Area (Spain), Indie Rocks! (Mexico), Rock Achorao' (Peru) and Piiila (Uruguay). It also works to create original and innovative content, as well as various activities that serve to break down borders and build bridges between the different countries of Ibero-America.

Colombia

By Fabián Páez López of Shock.co

 

After so many shocks and instability, October was a month of crowds for the cultural agenda. We go out to the street see mobs of people in costumes on Halloween. The party and the big festivals are back, officially. And what's to come...

They announced the posters Stereo Picnic Festival, the Jamming 2022, a Gorillaz, the Festivals at IDARTES Park 10 years and in Shock we released the album of show live by Julio Victoria at the Teatro Mayor.

This hectic reactivation gave us time, too, to talk and see 200 horror movies, from the media drama of the month (the song Bitch by J Balvin and Tokischa. Read the article here Racial insensitivity: why did the video for 'Perra' by J Balvin and Tokischa disappear?) and to go with Alianza Faro to the BIME music market in Bilbao, which, by the way, announced its arrival in Bogotá in May 2022: here we tell you the details.

Domestic releases are up almost as much as bitcoin. Here are our recommended albums and songs:

 

 Julio Victoria, one of the most celebrated names in Colombian electronic music, appeared in the Shock Presents slot at the Teatro Mayor in August, together with the orchestra La Nueva Filarmonía. Now, after landing from the trip, as a result of that staging that celebrated the return of music after the pandemic fear, he released his most recent album, titled Shock Presents: What (I know), a theatrical show carefully assembled to provoke tension, self-absorption and adrenaline that can now be heard on all platforms streaming audio. Take a listen and read the full review here.  

Daniel Acosta, Felipe Rondón and Nicolás Zaldua reconsidered the concept of the Bogotá band Telebit. They burned many neurons to find the meaning to continue being a band. Freefall is the answer to that search: an album made with the guts, the soul and the heart. It is the fourth album of the Colombian group and one of the recommended of the year.Come here to know more about Telebit.

Duplat, Bogotan musician, pianist and mathematician, says that with this seven-track EP he wanted to "say goodbye to excessive nostalgia and whining and adolescent music." Well, in fact, that's how the songs of closed eyelids, including the intro and the instrumental piano closing: like a sad movie that ends with a farewell, but that makes you want to repeat it over and over again. Recommended topic: the shadows of yesterday.

 Lucille Dupin, from Bogotá, tells her story in SIBYL. Or well, at least a part of it: one that goes through various transitions, invites us to be strong, to dream, to grow, to experiment, but above all not to remain silent. “SIBYL It is an album that brings together lyrics that I wrote when I was a girl, lyrics that I cried when I was a woman, and lyrics that I screamed when I survived”, says Lucille. There is no other: it is a singer-songwriter album to heal and rejoin. Read the full review here

Years ago, the British producer William Holland, better known as Quantic, got involved with the many folk crosses of Latin American music. His most recent experiment was conceived in his studio in Brooklyn with the teacher and singer from the Colombian Pacific, Nidia Góngora (Canalón de Timbiquí, La Pacifican Power). It has son, it has salsa, it has violins and a peaceful flavor. connected souls, Nidia says, it also refers “to the interrelation of cosmic energies, the aura and the way in which they manifest from the abstract; we are more than body and flesh, and there are innumerable elements that connect us as beings that interact in the universe”. A disc to dance and to inflate the chest.

Bogotana Lee Eye, who toured Spain in October and went to BIME in Bilbao, has her first album almost ready, sad. It hurts It is one of his first advances. An afrobeat with R&B of spite. The video comes with a Marvel-like post-credits scene, with a surprise appearance and announcement. Remember Lee Eye.

Invincible is the song that gives its name to the most recent album by the band of Esteban Copete and his Kinteto Pacífico: a marked song guided by the chonta marimba, motivational and revitalizing. Esteban continues to be one of the architects of the reinterpretation of Colombian Pacific folklore and one of the most judicious researchers of the tradition.

Vital it's a song that starts with a fat, funky bass line and turns into a catchy, slippery dream pop. The track was produced, mixed, mastered, and co-written by Giri Music. Ana Sanz, who debuted this 2021, is up to a project to keep on the radar.

 In the city of Medellin, saying “nea” can be both a filler and the way someone refers to their friend, or better, the friend who likes the party and the street. As Tego says: “street, but elegant”. Well, well, this young perreo combo in Medellín (Maxi and Kaze 401) and the North American Latenightjiggy, members of the 574 collective, did a slow perreo for the gangs. The song is part of 574's first album, El Raye. 

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