La Chiva Gantiva
- Raphael Espinel (Lead vocal)
- region:Northern Europe
- instrumentation:vocal, percussion, rock band, piano, guitar
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(Booking agent for Canada only) The story of La Chiva Gantiva began in Brussels when three young Colombian students started to play percussion together. Driven by a desire to assert their roots, they began to blend Afro-Colombian rhythms with other styles of music they loved: rock, afrobeat and funk. Soon joined by four other musicians (two Belgians, a Frenchman and a Vietnamese), they started performing around the world, and their exciting, explosive show conquered media and public alike,
Signed to Crammed Discs, La Chiva Gantiva have released their second album, “Vivo”, in February 2014. Recorded in their own studio (which they built for the occasion, upstairs from a bar in central Brussels), “Vivo” was mixed in New York by Joel Hamilton (Blakroc, Sparklehorse, Marc Ribot, Bomba Estereo) with the band’s two main composers, vocalist Rafael Espinel and guitarist Felipe Deckers.
While the album’s powerful sound reflects La Chiva Gantiva’s incredible live energy, their “frenetic carnival-punk racket that detonates like a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms (as described by The Times), "Vivo” also contains songs in which the band further explore several musical directions, such as traditional percussion patterns and new sonic territories, while remaining grounded in their trademark rock/afrobeat fundamentals, punctuated by exuberant horn riffs.
La Chiva Gantiva’s torrid show was one of the highlights of the 2014 edition of Womex in Santiago de Compostela. In 2015, La Chiva Gantiva are turning to North America and Eastern Europe and, as is their habit, will undoubtedly conquer a great number of new fans.