La Perla


  • artist:La Perla
  • event type:WOMEX 21 Showcase - Official Selection
  • date:28 Oct 2021
  • time:23:15 - 00:00
  • city/area:Porto
  • venue:Coliseu Stage
  • country:Portugal
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


The three-woman core of explosive percussion and voices ensemble, La Perla, came together in 2014 to compete in the national Bagpipes Festival in Ovejo, from which they walked away with the first prize and a determination to continue as a band. The three Bogatanas have travelled the rural regions of Caribbean Colombia investigating the musical languages of bullerengue, cumbia, merengue, gaita, and kreyol champeta, learning and incorporating them into their own songs, while lyrically highlighting their social concerns, calling out political chicanery, racial injustice and sexual discrimination. Their 2017 debut EP, Paren La Bulla (Stop the Noise), and Netflix's use of the track, Bruja (Witch), in their drama series, Always a Witch, brought them international attention and touring opportunities in the Americas and Europe. After the hiatus, now continuing in 2021.