How does an afternoon on the banks of the Timbiquí River amid the Colombian jungle sound when the Marimba and drums take over the silence? Many people must wonder. The members of Herencia de Timbiqui have the answer because this is where they come from and that is their "herencia" (heritage).
These young musicians decided to create a dialogue between their empirical musical knowledge from the Colombian Pacific and the sounds of the city that embraced them when they decided to leave their village. Herencia de Timbiqui makes clear that tradition is not a museum piece but is rather enriched by merging with other elements, like the sounds of Latin music: salsa and son, but also reggae and rock, jazz and funk. This constant quest to make their music transcend, led them to work on their brand new album (a 13 tracks piece) with people like the english producer William Holland AKA "Quantic", who captured the energy of these 11 musicians playing live in a big studios room, together, where they recorded two track: "Negrito " and "A tu Manera" a currulao and a fusion of reggae with aguabajo (both traditional rhythms).
Part of This is Gozar!, their new album is done in cooperation with the legendary Ebo Taylor who they met in WOMEX 2013. He was invited by the group to participate in "Afrika", a song composed by the band while touring the continent of their ancestors.
Herencia de Timbiqui stands to preserve the ancestral roots of the marimba de chonta, the bombo, the cununos and the guas and merges them with a powerful band composed of brass, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, achieving a globally transcending sound and puts on a show full of energy that spreads amongst spectators.
After winning the official competition of the largest folk festival in Colombia, Festival de Msica del Pacfico Petronio Alvarez, the band secured a spot at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival and later at SXSW, places where the marimba de chonta its distinctive instrument, had never been before. In 2013 their career took off after being awarded the Gaviota de Plata at the Festival Internacional de Via del Mar, Chile 2013 for the best folk performance with their song "Amanece".
Now, in 2014, Herencia de Timbiqui reaches the height of its career after touring around Colombia, standing out as an exponent of music from the Pacific Region, being the main performer at the Opening Ceremony of the BOMM 2013 (Bogota Music Market) and performing at the Closing Ceremony of the World Games in Cali, Colombia with Carlos Vives. In 2013 Herencia de Timbiqui spread their cultural heritage throughout Europe and Africa, reaching the UAE at the beginning of 2014 with a series of 30 concerts and workshops both in Dubai and in the New York University of Abu Dhabi.