Systema Solar is a musical-visual collective from the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
It ‘s members, originating from a diversity of territorial and sonorous latitudes have found in the afro Caribbean vibrations a sea of possibilities to renovate the strength and spirit of Colombian music. The objective of the collective is to create audio-visual performances with their own style which they denominate the “berbenautika”.
“The visual-musical outfit from Colombia’s Caribbean Coast that goes by the moniker Systema Solar is back with a socially conscious agenda (…) The band, always progressive and ingenious, shows equal creativity in manipulating undesired objects and turning them into crafty entities in their new video.” MTV IGGY
Influenced by the spirit of the Colombian piko culture (sound systems style performances), the members of the group come together to create, adapt and reinvent different music through improvisation, emphasizing the cult of joy and dance. They recycle the afro Caribbean and folkloric music of Colombia such as cumbia, bullerengue, porro and champeta and fusion these through electronic tools with contemporary rhythms and cultural styles such as hip hop, house, techno, breakbeat, breakdance, turntablism and live video performance. Systema Solar was created at the end of 2006 for a performance at the opening ceremony of the biennial of contemporary art of Medellin MDE07, since then, the group has presented itself all over Colombia and produced its first record in 2009 titled Systema Solar.
In la Revancha del Burro, Systema Solar take a further step in their future primitive sound, taking Colombia’s Afro-caribbean legacy to new territories, at times sounding like Barranquilla’s Carnival gone EMD” BroadwayWorld.com