King Coya & Queen Cholas
- Gaby Kerpel (flutes, digital percussion, electronic programming)
- region:Buenos Aires
- type:Composer/Songwriter, Small Ensemble
- instrumentation:vocal, electronic, percussion, visual
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King Coya is the digitalized, imaginary Northern Argentine Andes version of Gaby Kerpel, who blends traditional Colombian cumbia and Argentine folklore with electronic music.
Gaby Kerpel is a renowned argentine composer whose credits include the score to vanguardist Immersive theatre companies "De La Guarda" and "Fuerza Bruta" along with his records "Carnabailito" (Nonesuch Records - 2001) & "Terraplén" (Universal - 2010) - both produced by Gustavo Santaolalla; and "Tira Torito" - featuring andean folkloric singer Balvina Ramos - fusing northern argentina chantings with electronic sounds.
Cumbias de Villa Donde, his first records as King Coya (ZZK Records - 2009) is a collection of original down-tempo, electro folklorica that bridges indigenous music out of South America with global dance.
The album includes guest appearances from Grammy-nominated Petrona Martinez and the renowned Cucu Diamantes.
Through King Coya, Gaby Kerpel reinterprets classic Colombian and Peruvian cumbias in the Zizek sound.
Along with Queen Cholas dance trío, King Coya's shows redefines world music, allowing the audience a personal stake in audio globetrotting: his music is both accessible and timeless, taking you home to the Andes mountains and beyond.
In 2016 ZZK Records released his simple Tierra de King Coya featuring La Walichera.
In summer of 2017 he toured Europe: he played in Italy (Villa Ada in Rome), Spain (Festival Electropical), Germany (At.tension Festival) and Poland (Plotzlich am Meer Festival).
In September 2017 he played at Hermoso Ruido Festival in Bogotá Colombia.
His new album will be released in early 2018 by ZZK Records.