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Caribefunk

Cartagena, Colombia | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Cartagena, Colombia
Established on Jan, 2014
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"UN CARIBEFUNK SE TOMA CARTAGENA CON “EL PLAYAMAN”"

Con un muy bien logrado toque funky y jazzero, llega este proyecto desde la ciudad colombiana de Cartagena llamado Caribefunk. Toques caribeños y muy propios que les salen del alma, que no aparecen acá a fuerza de estar de moda. Y aquello es ratificado en el videoclip de “El playaman”, la historia de un héroe cotidiana que sobrevive del rebusque en las calles. Curiosamente este cuarteto se armó durante una estancia de sus integrantes muy al sur, en Buenos Aires. Con este tema, además, estrenan su producción homónima, con la cual ya completan dos cidís a cuestas. Y el video es más que recomendable, por ese bello recorrido que propone por las calles de la Ciudad Heroica y las sabrosas frutas que se consiguen frescas en cada esquina colombiana. - Red Bull Panamerika -Felipe Arias


"El Caribefunk: Afro-Colombian Funk por La Vida"

The band name El Caribefunk is very straightforward. The group brings together music heard all over the Caribbean (Colombian champeta, Jamaican reggae, Haitian compas and zouk, Trinidadian calypso, etc) and threads the genres together through a contemporary take on funk. Their roots are in the live music scene in Cartagena, Colombia, but have been based in Buenos Aires and are spending the summer on tour in the United States. - Mtv Iggy - Alexis Stephens


"Meet Colombian band El Caribefunk and see them around Philly this summer"

Full of high energy and spirit, El Caribefunk is a powerhouse. The Colombian band’s sound is Afro-Carribbean music with elements of reggae and funk. It’s the type of music that you can feel in every nerve of your body, and it makes it impossible to stay still when listening to it. The lyrics are in Spanish, but the beat and rhythm are so powerful that the songs still hold the same ferocity for non-Spanish speakers. El Caribefunk is spending a summer in residence at singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis’ home base, The Clubhouse in South Philly, and it will play various venues around the Philadelphia area this summer, beginning tonight at Time Restaurant. For more information on where to see El Caribefunk, check out the band’s summer schedule below, as well as a live performance of its song, “San Antonio.” UPDATE: El Caribefunk added a show July 25th at Ardmore Music Hall with West Philadelphia Orchestra; more information on the show can be found here. - thekey.xpn.org - Samantha Cressman


"ISLA presents El Caribefunk: Staten Island's global dance party series"

I sat down with El Caribefunk's Foncho Salas (guitar and lead vocals), Andres Mordecai (percussion: cajon, bongo, shaker and vocals), Junior Valencia (bass/chorus) and Yamil Chagui (percussion: cowbell and jamblock) to ask them some questions about their first U.S. tour, how they came to book a gig in Staten Island and their fresh sound connecting African rhythms with Caribbean and tropical flair.

What brings you to Staten Island? Paint us a picture of how you got to be playing here. What is "Caribefunk"? If you had to sum it up in a feeling or a picture. Be descriptive. Then, sum up your band in a hashtag!

We're going to Staten Island because we made a friend a couple of years ago in Colombia and she invited us to come play a show there. It's important for us to bring our music to places with a lot of history and diversity.

We're in the U.S. because of friends, too. Over the last two winters, Bronson and Ryan Tennis (American musicians), toured with us in Colombia. They worked to book us a tour for the summer in the US, and we worked together for six months to get a Visa (it was really hard!) But here we are, happy to be performing!

#Caribefunk would be our hashtag. It's not just our band name, it's the name of the music, our identity, and in that word you can understand the music and the happiness we bring.

What have been your impressions of the United States these last few weeks playing? How does it differ from Colombia? From Cartagena, in particular. Do you feel the influence of Immigrants around you?

It's been INCREDIBLE. The people have received us more warmly than we ever could have imagined. One of the obvious differences (and challenges) has been the language. It's been fun to get into it. But in the end we've realized the way that music is the universal language, and we've been able to communicate that way.

To come from a city like Cartagena is a strong social contrast: 75 percent of the people there live in poverty. Here the way that people consume material goods seems exaggerated and people have so many things. To see this makes us think about our people and value everything they do each day to get by.

The interaction we've had with immigrants here helps us feel close to our own culture. They have been open to share with us, and we identify the way people miss their home.

How does the name of your band — Caribefunk — connect with your larger musical mission of connecting Africa with the Caribbean and the Caribbean coast of Colombia? What's the musical story you're telling there?

The music tradition of the Caribbean is enormous and has come from so many places and but the central point of all of that is from countries in Africa. That culture and tradition is still alive and has been evolving for hundreds of years, but the key for us is to start with those African rhythms and build from there.

Our music is a result of that hybridization. The sounds, colors, and history of Cartagena have been particularly important, and we want to sing the history and culture of that place with people in our rhythms and stories. - By Natalia Linares / Special to the Staten Island


"El funk se toma el Caribe colombiano"

Un punto medio entre los distintos ritmos que conviven en la costa Caribe, eso es el funk para esta agrupación cartagenera que ha recorrido Colombia y Sudamérica, llevando la música autóctona a nuevas latitudes y edades.

os sonidos que durante siglos han caracterizado a la región del Caribe colombiano han cobrado una nueva validez como producto masivo a nivel internacional, gracias a los espacios que han abierto agrupaciones como 'Systema Solar' y 'Bomba Estéreo'. Cada día, las canciones de los padres y abuelos, transmitidas como narración de las historias propias de la tradición oral, se convierten en un campo de posibilidades y experimentación para la juventud, que encuentra su expresión en los artistas que traen formas alternativas de fusión dentro de la cultura popular.

'El Caribefunker' es una de esas propuestas que brinda nuevos colores al Caribe audible, unido, por su mismo mestizaje cultural, con los nuevos aires que llegan a formar parte de lo autóctono, como en este caso el Funk, que se abraza con los mares y su historia en las raíces de la afrodescendencia, encontrando un hilo invisible entre los Estados Unidos y Cartagena.

La agrupación cartagenera es una muestra del mestizaje de la región costera, una mezcla fenotípica y musical que no oculta su forma de ver el mundo, de narrarlo, de contar la historia de los 'vales', del 'rebusque' y la chabacanería festiva tan inscrita en el día a día de la ciudad heroica, llevándole la delantera a la clasificación mediática que siempre busca nombrar lo desconocido gracias a la autoproclamación de un género: el Caribe-Funk.

Alfonso Salas 'Funk-cho', etnomusicólogo de profesión y guitarrista-vocalista en 'El Caribefunker', reconoce la ambigüedad de la llamada 'música tropical', un término que, particularmente en Colombia, abarca vivencias distintas desde Los Llanos hasta los Andes, desde las selvas hasta las montañas y desde los valles hasta los mares. - El Espectador - David Otero Nieto


"A Colombian summer in Philly: welcoming El Caribefunk"

t took six months, two American advocates, a full tour schedule, and one lengthy visa process to get four Colombian musicians to Philadelphia for the summer.

Ryan and Bronson Tennis, Philadelphia locals and brothers who each have their own band in Philadelphia (Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band and De Tierra Caliente, respectively) spent the past six months working to bring their friends, the guys who make up the band El Caribefunk, for their first tour in the United States. Colombia natives Alfonso Salas, Andres Mordecai, Junior Valencia, and Yamil Chagüi are El Caribefunk (pronounced "El Curr-eeBay-Funk"), and they've already been touring throughout South and Central America.

During an interview with Broad Street Review, Ryan Tennis explained how he worked for six months, with help from his brother, to go through the rigorous US visa application process, which included gathering press clippings from Colombian and other international press, recommendation letters, and a full tour already booked. Tennis laid his own reputation on the line for El Caribefunk, promising venue managers that El Caribefunk would get here and rock the house, because he knew firsthand how great the band is. The Tennis brothers have toured Colombia the last two winters as the opening act for El Caribefunk.

“I’ve seen them play 50 or 60 shows. I knew that as soon as I had them here, people would love it,” Ryan Tennis said during a Skype session last week from the South Philly house where he lives with his brother.

And he was right, Ryan Tennis said. The band came to Philadelphia in early June, playing a public show or doing private jam sessions with area musicians every night. They’ll play dozens of shows through August. “Everywhere you go, people can’t stop smiling and dancing,” Tennis said.

“We didn’t know how the people would react,” Mordecai said. “People go crazy. They dance with us. People are so warm.”

The band’s music combines the strong African heritage of several Caribbean countries with funk and other modern American musical genres that share African-inspired beats. Though Tennis called it their own genre, he compared El Caribefunk’s music to that of the Beatles, saying “you can immediately like it.”

The band started as a personal project for Salas, who started writing his own songs in 2004.

“All the songs he wrote in that time investigated the Caribbean music,” Mordecai said. Salas sought to “capture the feel and traditional sound.”

Ryan Tennis praised the band’s poetry, all in Spanish, which draws upon children’s rhymes and folk stories from Colombia “about the joy that exists there,” he said.

With their music, El Caribefunk is “giving life to the histories of our people,” Salas said. - Broad Street Review -Rosella Eleanor LaFevre


"Colombian Group El Caribefunk to Take Philadelphia"

With a sound that’s Caribbean, funky, Latin, reggae-influenced, and just downright good, energetic Colombian quartet El Caribefunk has been moving audiences all around Philadelphia from the second they landed, and gaining fans everywhere they go.

The group is spending the summer in residence in South Philly thanks to their connections with brothers Ryan Tennis and Bronson Tennis–Bronson, leader of Philadelphia latin group De Tierra Caliente, originally played bass with El Caribefunk during his time living in Buenos Aires, but retired from the group when he returned to the US. Both Bronson and Ryan Tennis (who leads local good-times band Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band) have spent time in South America with the Caribefunk boys, touring as openers for their Colombian friends to warm reception. Now, the brothers are returning the favor and have taken care of all the logistics to have El Caribefunk in Philadelphia.

Since coming to Philly in early June, they’ve played at venues such as Time and the Hard Rock Cafe, and are slated to play many more, including a show at Ardmore Music Hall on July 25th with high-energy brass band the West Philadelphia Orchestra, and the esteemed Philadelphia Folk Festival in August. Audiences who have had the chance to see them already can attest to their inspiring rhythms, energetic charisma, and the fact that they make it impossible for any listener to sit still. The type of fun that El Caribefunk brings to each one of their shows is contagious and inescapable, and lucky for Philadelphia, there are many more chances to catch the Caribefunk bug (including a purchase of their brand-new, self-titled album “El Caribefunk“) before they leave the city at the end of the summer.

You can see the band’s upcoming schedule below, and keep up with the group’s visit via their Facebook page or Twitter feed, as well. Want a taste of the infectious Caribefunk sound? Check out their video for “El Playaman” : - Rockonphilly.com By Breanna Perry


"EL CARIBEFUNK"

Wednesday nights throughout the summer are synonymous with two things at the Penn Museum: eclectic live music and laid-back fun.

El Caribefunk, a Colombian funk, salsa, and Caribbean fusion band, kicks off the Summer Nights Concert Series’ fifth year on June 18. Presented by Dogfish Head Brewery, this year’s lineup features a diverse mix of bands and musicians—offering lively Samba, raucous Turkish fusion, rhythmic Afro-Cuban jazz, and more—as well as American-influenced music drawing from blues, zydeco, and old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.

The Museum’s international galleries remain open, with an optional, docent-led mini-tour in between music sets at 6:30 p.m. Outside, guests of all ages can explore Ancient Rome via touchable—and even wearable—artifacts at a Cartifact station. - Penn Current, Office of University of Pennsylvania


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Welcome to El Caribefunk—an exotic fusion of Salsa, Funk, and Caribbean music, where undeniable rhythm and poetry express intense color and feeling and inspire “alegría” in its listeners.  This band of Colombians has built a fervent underground following with 2.5 years of nearly non-stop touring in South America. They’ve headlined festivals with acts like Bomba Estereo and Herencia de Timbiqui, played live on Colombian National Radio, and performed on numerous national television programs including TeleAntioquia and RadioUno, but can still be found playing casually in the plaza after a show or jamming with street musicians.

Caribefunk’s members began playing music as children in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia–first rock and funk, then inevitably the Afro-Latino music of their native Caribbean, where leather and wooden tambores (drums) and full-volume sound systems ring out in the sweltering tropical heat. By celebrating Cartagena’s rich African-rooted music–historically cast aside as impoverished, pagan and contemptible–El Caribefunk’s independent musical identity challenges expectation and bridges cultural divides. Whether or not you planned to, El Caribefunk’s rhythm and positive energy will have you on your feet and dancing from the first note.

The Summer of 2014 will mark El Caribefunk’s first tour in the United States, where they will be based out of Philadelphia.“Caribefunk, the Spirit of Cartagena”

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