Newen Afrobeat

Newen Afrobeat


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  • country:Chile
  • region:South America
  • style(s):Afrobeat, World
  • label:Lichens Family
  • type:Large Ensemble
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:vocal, percussion, visual, string, brass, jazz combo, dance orchestra, guitar
  • artist posted by:Lichens Family

Line up

  • Aldo Gómez (baritone saxophone)
  • Alvaro Quintas (electric bass)
  • Diego González (trumpet)
  • Fran Castro (backing vocals)
  • Fran Riquelme  (lead vocals)
  • Galita Ramirez  (latin percussion)
  • Klaus Brantmayer (alto saxophone)
  • Maca Rozic  (backing vocals)
  • Martako Concha (electric guitar)
  • Mauro Sánchez  (trumpet)
  • Melón Marcel  (tenor saxophone)
  • Seba Crooker (electric guitar)
  • Tito Gevert  (drums)
  • Tom Pavez  (african percussion)


Afrobeat marches on around the world, and the spirit of Fela Kuti is alive and punching in Chile too. Since 2009 the Newen Afrobeat team have been setting down their Latin American response to the Kuti legacy to create a groove machine of impressive proportions that has sparked collaborations with the likes of Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Oghene Kologbo and Cheik Tidiane Seck and steamrollered audiences at festivals and gigs through Chile, Brazil, Nigeria, the US and Europe. The band's name reflects the Afro-Chilean union: 'Newen' is from the language of the indigenous Chilean Mapuche community, meaning the individual life-force. Echoing Fela Kuti's war-cry, 'music is the weapon', their lyrics carry social messages, inviting listeners to transcend the strictures of modern society and liberate themselves through a unified energy. Free your mind and join them.


Newen Afrobeat