El Combolinga

El Combolinga

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pedigree Boogaloo, Tropical sounds and Reggae, pure Peret-style Rumba, Brazilian -Samba-Funk, dark and tribal Rock with a Caribbean flavour, Rumba-Disco-Funk, Neo-Folk, Tanguillos

Biography

Over one decade has gone past since the five Madrid musicians decided to pool together their individual influences and create El Combolinga, a group that stands out for its original sound. It was in 1996 that Juni, Punky, Guille, Cata and Álvaro began to lay down the basis of a new crossbreed, a coherent cocktail in which there is room for everything ranging from Flamenco to Rock, with Reggae, Rumba, Pop and African roots along the way; these five guys were opening up a new route along which, years later, a wide range of Spanish bands would be making it. Since then, they have come out with ive records:
“El Combo Linga” (1998), “Agítalo” (2000), “Así somos” (2000), “Daquipaya”_ (2004) –in which Markos Bayón substituted the guitar and vocals of Álvaro– and the more recent “Mira qué bien” (2008). Their songs have made it to all the major festivals of the Peninsula, as well as others in Belgium and Holland (where the band has given various concerts). As of 2005, the band has also embarked on a tour with Bebe, enabling them to play in places such as Mexico City, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires or Paris. Cinema and television have also set their eye on El Combo: their songs have sounded in films such as “Muertos de risa”, “Año mariano” or “El penalti más largo del mundo”, and the song ‘Las tapas’ was the theme tune of the TVE1 programme “Vamos a cocinar con José Andrés”. Maturity and experience have enabled El Combolinga to achieve increasingly perfect and polished recordings, songs with lyrics that overflow with the magic of everyday experience. They come across as fascinating geographical-sound trips.