Cumbia Cosmonauts
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Cumbia Cosmonauts

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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Cumbia Cosmonauts @ Spiegeltent

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Cumbia Cosmonauts @ Bar Open

Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

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Cumbia Cosmonauts @ St Kilda Festival

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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As part of Soulshine’s coverage of the Australasian World Music Expo being held in Melbourne this November, we caught up with the Saca La Mois DJ (aka Moses Iten) founder of the Cumbia Cosmonauts to discuss all things “Cumbia” and the world’s biggest Caribbean festival. The track ‘Cumbianauts Incoming’ is available to stream for this interview. - Soulshine


Die Cumbia Cosmonauts sind zum ersten Mal auf Europatournee. 5 Planeten Reporter Daniel Fernando Wahl hat sich mit Moses Iten, einem der Produzenten der Cumbia Cosmonauts unterhalten... - Funkhaus Europa (WDR)


Melbourne-based DJ and producer Moses Iten (aka Saca la Mois DJ) introduces a selector's choice session which charts the worldwide explosion of Colombia's famous cumbia as well as less well-known Afro-Peruvian folk styles. Adapted by electronic musicians, South American dance rhythms are exciting international audiences more familiar with techno and hip hop - nowhere more so than in Melbourne where Moses fuses cumbia and dub in his floor-filling Cumbia Cosmonauts project. Prepare for cultural collisions and donkeys in space in this rhythm-driven edition. - ABC Radio National (Brent Clough on The Night Air)


FUTURISTIC explorers from the past are putting the funk into the MONA FOMA festival.

Melbourne-based sound system Cumbia Cosmonauts fuse traditions of old-school Colombian rhythm music with technology in an energetic show.

Band member Moses Iten said the sound could be described as "electro Caribbean space folk".

"We're exploring the past and projecting what it would look like in the future," he said.

For their MONA FOMA shows, the five musicians use lasers, computers and a VJ as they play accordion, trumpet, keyboards and percussion. To sample their music, visit myspace.com/cumbiacosmonauts

The Cumbia Cosmonauts will perform at the Princes Wharf No. 1 shed from 9pm today and at 11pm on Saturday.

The shed, the heart of the festival, has been transformed into a hangout where Salamanca lawn lovers will enjoy mingling, eating and drinking on the temporary turf.

The shed is also home to some intallations presented by the Museum of Old and New Art and it will host the festival's big-name acts. - The Mercury (Hobart TAS, Australia)


One of the crowd favourites performing at Mona Foma 2010 were the Cumbia Cosmonauts, a futurist electro folk band from Melbourne. - ABC Radio Hobart (Siobhan Maiden)


http://discontentblog.com/2010/01/11/americas-volume-one-a-mixtape-by-moses-iten/ - Discontent blog (Stuart Buchanan, Sydney, Australia)


http://generationbass.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/spaced-out-cumbia-by-cumbia-cosmonauts/ - Generation Bass blog (Vince Koreman, Netherlands)


http://discontentblog.com/2008/11/11/tremor-viajante-remix/ - Discontent blog (Stuart Buchanan, Sydney, Australia)


These guys are a bit of local amazing that totally took us off guard. It was one of those classic Melbourne music connections where as soon as you find out about someone, you realise you have about 20 friends in common and all you DJ mates were already following them. They are, the Cumbia Cosmonauts.

The insides of the cosmonauts look like Soup (mix, fx, guitar), Saca La Mois DJ (vox, fx) as the core members and frequently feature Carlos Parraga (accordion, percussion, casio) and other musicians including Richard Burns (trumpet, melodica, percussion) and more. When they come together live and in the studio it makes for one super-team of music. First of all yes, the Cosmonauts are a Cumbia outfit from Melbourne, their music is in no way contrived, but rather original, educated and straight up fun. Every set of theirs i’ve seen has managed to get all sorts of people shaking, jumping and yelling out chants of Cumbia. They incorporate a wide range of samples and cosmic fx, and their live show is fueled with jamming, cowboy hats, a good ol’ casio and plenty of accordion. - Scatterblog (Melbourne, Australia)


Discography

"Cumbianauts Incoming" released on 'Caribbean Beat Vol. 11' compilation by Antilliaanse Feesten/Oversees 2010 (Belgium, August 2010)

"Cumbianauts Incoming" released on 'Cumbia Bestial' compilation by Chusma Records (Berlin, June 2010)

Cumbia Cosmonauts' 'Mixtape' featuring 8 Cumbia Cosmonauts' songs released by Scattermusic (Melbourne, May 2010)

"Cumbia Theme (Cumbia Cosmonauts Remix)" released on Lewis Can Cut's 'Neon Saxophone' EP by Scattermusic (Melbourne, 2010)

"Viajante (Cumbia Cosmonauts Remix)" released on 'Americas Volume 1' compilation by discontentblog.com (Sydney, 2010)

"Agua E Nieve (Cumbia Cosmonauts' Austoft 7000 Remix)" released on Radiokijada's 'Remixes' by March::Music (Paris, 2009)

"Funky Tamazula (Cumbia Cosmonauts Remix)" released on Nortec Collective's 'Remixes' as a White Label (Los Angeles/Tijuana, 2008)

"Viajante (Cumbia Cosmonauts Remix)" released on Tremor's 'Remixes' by ZZK Records (Buenos Aires, 2008)

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Bio

Tropical space cowboys the Cumbia Cosmonauts are at the forefront of the growing global phenomenon of Nueva Cumbia. This Colombian rhythm is blasted into the future and beyond by Melbourne-based visionary producers Moses ‘saca la mois DJ!!’ Iten and Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell, who assemble a stellar cast of guest musicians to make each live performance a unique visual and sonic adventure featuring lasers, casio keyboard, accordion, theremin, brass and plenty percussion.

The Cumbia Cosmonauts combine influences from classic Colombian roots cumbia to Jamaican dub, Mexican tribal club and electronic mutations, Peruvian psychedelic chicha funk, and digital cumbia experimentation coming out of Argentina. In their live presentations expect a science fiction soundtrack lost in the Amazon jungle; sampled recordings from a recently re-discovered Soviet dub laboratory; tropical vibes in orbit; and ultimately an infectious shuffle-beat anyone can dance to.

Before having made an official release, the Cumbia Cosmonauts established their reputation by producing commissioned remixes for some of Latin America's most renowned electronic-folk artists such as Nortec Collective (Nacional Records, Mexico), Tremor (ZZK Records, Argentina) and Radiokijada (Wrasse Records, Peru/France).

Cumbia Cosmonauts have performed at festivals all over Australia and Europe, inciting thousands to dance at the world’s biggest Caribbean party Antilliaanse Feesten (Belgium), Lowlands Festival (Netherlands), Incubate (Netherlands), Kemnade International (Germany) etc etc and in Australia including festivals like MONA FOMA, Shine On, Rainbow Serpent. Saca La Mois DJ!! has also toured the cumbia rhythm nationally with the massive Big Day Out, Australia’s most popular music festival.

Stages have been shared with the cream of the world's tropical bass heavyweights and clubbing luminaries such as Makossa&Megablast, Munchi, El Hijo de la Cumbia, Lewis Can Cut, Sonido del Principe, Bomba Estereo, Sonido Martines, Ghislain Poirier, Max Le Daron etc etc

Instrumentation

The Cumbia Cosmonauts are producers Moses "Saca La Mois DJ!!" Iten (vox, lasers, sfx, samples) and Thomas "Soup" Campbell (beats, mix, dubbing, sfx, guitar).

Sound system guest performers are Carlos Parraga (accordion, percussion, casio keyboard, vox), Richard Burns (trumpet, melodica, casio keyboard), Donald Stewart (trombone), Gustavo Moreno (percussion), Thomas Mitchell (percussion), and Martin Hadley (VJ visuals).