The second generation of Los Gaiteros de Ovejas was conformed in 2017. Their goal has always been represent and bring to the world the sound of Gaita. “We have the dream that our traditional music can be listened and promoted like any other genre in the world music market”, says Henry Ortiz, director of the group. For them, one of the main priorities is to work with dedication and discipline to create their own songs and tell the everyday stories of their town, Ovejas, located at the interior of the Caribean Colombian Coast).
At the end of 2017, the group released the album Pa´Amanecé, produced by the great Chris Castagno, and they also released an anthology with 30 unreleased songs. Los Gaiteros de Ovejas have also work with other artists, such as the collaboration for the canadian band Arcade Fire and Bomba Estereo in the remix “Everything Now”. Also, other producers (Cerrero and Cero 39) have made remixes for the song Olor a tierra mojá.
The work of Los Gaiteros de Ovejas originates in the field, from the sowing of the seed as raw material for the construction of their instruments. They, as luthiers, are responsible for giving life to their Gaitas and Percussions, and to teach younger generations to interpret their sound. That's why their music was born in Jagüey (that's the name of the water source that gives life to the ecosystem of their seeds) and reaches the ears of the world!
During Womex we want to open new circuits in Europe, North America and Asia through making contact with bookers, labels and cultural journalists to help us expand our ancestral knowledge and music to the world.