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With their third release, Bomba! continue to refine their art of
blending jazz, funk and a broad variety of Latin rhythms in a groovy
collection of must-have material. The core trio, based in Edmonton,
consists of keyboardist and primary composer Chris Andrew, drummer Mario Allende and bassist Rubim de Toledo. They form the backbone of all Bombasitions with a Canadian-Chilean-Brazilian fusion of styles. As per usual, Bomba have augmented their sound with outstanding musicians from around the world, this time including killer Cubano percussionist Raul Gomez Tabera, saxophone player and lautist Livan Morejon Quian and violinist Neraldo Duran Torriente.

The title of the album comes from the location of a 350-year-old conventbetween the streets of Sol and Luz in Old Havana. The band spentDecember in that historical and evocative setting, workshopping the music for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ current show, ¡Bulla! Knowing a good thing when they found it, Bomba! took their musical show on the road, including a gig at the Havana Jazz Festival. Subsequently, they recorded Entre Sol Y Luz in two days live off the floor at Edmonton’s Homestead Recorders. The result is an album both technically and esthetically brilliant. Every single musician is gold star and this professionalism is evident in the tightness and virtuosity of the players. Entre Sol Y Luz compels one to dance, snap, shake and groove to the Latin rhythms. From timba to descarga, traditional Cuban rhythms are revisited and interpreted in a modern multicultural perspective.

5 out of 5 rating


¡BOMBA! A Mi Me Gusta (Indie) Edmonton's five-strong band delivers the hot goods on a dozen original tunes that should thaw out our frozen Alberta cousins during winter. Here on their sophomore album everyone sings, mostly a good thing. Mario Allende on drums and percussion and Marco Claveria on tres (Cuban guitar) are originally from Chile, lead vocalist and percussionist Israel “Toto” Berriel is from Cuba, bass Rubim de Toledo from Brazil and stylish keyboardist Chris Andrew from somewhere in Caucasia. The players are clearly aware of a broad swath of Latin styles that incorporate rumba, son, salsa and timba and a whole lot more, as well as sprinkles of funk and jazz as you can hear on the hip-hop pumped opening lively pieces “Chaka Chaka” and “Eterno Vivir”. At times songster Berriel lets his voice fade though he was a highly regarded member of Los Munnequitos de Matanzas and keys tend to be overdone during rampant fusion thrashes (note “Calla”) but overall this is vital, life-affirming music. The title translates as "I Like It." I do. Geoff Chapman
- Toronto Star

“I’ve been an admiring fan of Brazilian and Cuban music since the late 1940s when I heard my first Conjunto. Bomba are as good as any of them, and better than most. They’ve got the fire and they’ve got the jazz. There couldn’t be a better combination. The only problem I have with Bomba is as soon as everybody else realizes how sensationally good they are, they'll be spending less time in Alberta”.
Senator Tommy Banks

“This new CD is one of the best albums to ever come out of this province. Not only is every member of Bomba a technically skilled player on a world class level, the degree of creativity that accompanies those skills ensures the band is in a class of its own... Bomba are one of a handful of great young bands in this country”.
Peter North (CKUA Music Director)

“Today they are one of Canada’s top Latin jazz bands”.
Roger Levesque (Edmonton Journal)

“I have worked with all of the members of Bomba many times and have the utmost regard for their abilities and their restless pursuit of artistic excellence. These are some of the hardest working, most talented musicians in the country”.
Marc Vasey (Producer, Edmonton and Calgary Jazz Festivals)

“Bomba are a great band and a treat to program at a concert, workshop or volunteer party. I highly recommend them”.
Terry Wickham (Producer, Edmonton and Calgary Folk Festivals)

“If you want actually funky, try some actual funk. If you crave “groovy”, dig into some Latin grooves. This band is skilled at both, owning the adjectives in their purest forms. They are like feudal lords over your feet when they hit rhythm, and your tax is dancing feverishly”.
Fish Griwkowsky (Edmonton Sun)

“Bomba is an irresistible live force and A Mi Me Gusta is an excellent album that by all rights should vault Bomba into the international scene”.
Tom Murray (See Magazine)

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2001 “lo que ¡bomba! te dá”
2003’s “A Mí Me Gusta”
2005 “Entre Sol y Luz”
2009 "Cuatro Caminos"



Bomba represents a new generation of musicians schooled in traditional Latin and North American music forms. Jazz, samba, rumba, and son are all equally embraced for their cultural significance and musical relevance in today’s world. Led by percussionist Mario Allende, originally from Chile, and Brazilian-Canadian bassist Rubim de Toledo, Bomba celebrates the passion, diversity, creativity and wisdom contained in these styles with every performance.

Allende and deToledo are joined by a most formidable musical family. The latest line-up includes drummer Raul Tabera, violinist Aldo Aguirre, and singer Luis Emilio Rios, all originally from Cuba. Additionally, Bomba draws on its extended family with the exceptional talents of pianist and founding member
Chris Andrew, singer/percussionist Luis Orbegoso and renowned rumbero, Israel “Toto” Berriel. This cross-cultural collaboration allows the band to delve deeper into their roots, drawing the direct lines between the Americas, giving Bomba their signature sound.

Since their inception ten years ago the band has toured most of the major festivals and theatres across Canada, into the US, and internationally to the UK, Italy, Cuba and South Korea. Bomba has been nominated for national music awards and three years ago won the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award.

“Cuatro Caminos” Bomba’s imminent 2009 release promises to be a glorious continuation of their recorded history. With Latin greats Inti-Illimani, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Alexander Abreu as special guests, this fourth album will introduce audiences to a rich array of Afro-Cuban drumming and song; rich Brazilian rhythm; Andean instruments and Jazz improvisation. The material maintains the joy and spirit for which Bomba is renowned, and will be a pleasure for listeners, dancers and connoisseurs of Cuban, Brazilian, Jazz and World music.