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Madison, Wisconsin, United States | SELF

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
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The best kept secret in music


"Music Latin Pop"

Isthmus Daily Newspaper
Thu, Oct. 5 2006
MUSIC Latin pop, Madison-style Kali Kalor plays a unique mix of cumbia and rap by Rich Albertoni on Thursday 10/05/2006......... Kali Kalor represents the future of local Latin-influenced pop. It’s past eight o’clock on a Friday night, and all 10 members of Kali Kalor are crowded into a two-room basement studio at the Martinez house in Fitchburg. They’re about to play “Mi Nuevo Amor” (“My New Love”), the song that’s currently number eight on the Top 10 Hit List of Madison’s Spanish language radio station, La Movida. On this chart, Kali Kalor stands in the company of major-label Top 40 artists like Shakira. The next four minutes reveal why Kali Kalor represents the future of local Latin-influenced pop music. Backed by traditional instrumentation like timbales and a keyboard programmed to sound like an accordion, the band is fronted by two rappers, a sultry lead singer and three underage, high-energy dancers. Kali Kalor plays cumbia, a style of Colombian music known for its danceable rhythms and regional variations. The lineup includes a percussion section consisting of timbales and drums. The only other instrumentation is William on keys and Mauricio on bass. That leaves 6 of 10 band members who entertain by voice and by dance. The band’s most popular performance venue is the Palace Latin Club on University Avenue. Their next Palace show is scheduled for October 28. “Every time we play there, it’s packed,” says William. “Cumbia music attracts all types. People can relate to the rhythm.” Building from the foundation of that rhythm, cumbia can be a mixture of “everything else,” Martinez says. He points out the diversity of influence even from within this band, noting that brothers Luis and Javier are from Argentina. Kali Kalor’s local success rises from their fusion of cumbia with elements of U.S.-style hip-hop. It’s a brand of music that’s energetic and accessible. “We’re just trying to kick it up a little more,” says William. “We want to be a little more creative.”
- Isthmus Newspapers

"Marquette Waterfront Fest 2007"

Marquette Waterfront Fest 2007
Wed, May. 16 2007
"Returning to this World music-themed day are rising stars the local Colombian cumbia band, Kali Kalor, fronted by the sensational Claudia Martinez"
- Marquete Neighborhood association


* Mi Nuevo Amor
* Se Goza
* Caleña Rumbera
* No Entiendo La Razon
* Playa del Sol



Kali Kalor was started in 1994 in Madison Wisconsin formally known as Grupo Sensacíon. In 1999 the band name was changed to it's current name Kali Kalor. During the same year the band release their first single titled "Caleña Rumbera". In 2006 Kali Kalor released "Mi Nuevo Amor" an unsigned single that was featured on the 10 most played songs on " La Movida" (WLMD) 1480AM Spanish Radio Station in Madison Wisconsin. The band consists of 11 members from different parts of Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico playing a fusion of Colombian, Mexican, Reguetton and hip hop music. Kali Kalor has participated in many events and featured in the Racine Mexican Fest, Fiesta Mexicana, Milwaukee Summer Fest, Taste Madison, Dane County Fair and Festival Viva Mexico.