With roots in Chile and Peru, Stockholm Falakumbe manages to unite the cumbians' easy swing with punk, shell and other Latin rhythms to a liberating motley bastard music.
Falakumbe is five men from Stockholm, who have their roots in Chile and Peru. They describe their band as "a liberating place", full of music, joy and political resistance.
And it is heard, all the way through the debut album "Tropical blast". They have taken the cumbia music style - which for decades has spread from Latin America to Latin America - and mixed it with punk, shell and various Latin American rhythms.
The result is a motley bastard music, a carnival Latin punk. The group makes me think of a kind of Andean Mano Negra. They manage to combine the weight of the rock with the light turns of the Cumbians. An elegant, stringy electric guitar penetrates a galloping mill of percussion.
Falakumbe has toured in both Denmark and Germany. "Tropical blast" is a solid album, but something tells me they are lifting another snap on stage.