Kimbombo

Kimbombo

 Orlando, Florida, USA
DuoLatinFolk

A guitar and percussion-based blend of Cuban neo-folk music. Imagine a musical meeting of Buena Vista Social Club, Polo Montanez, Jose Feliciano, and Bob Marley. We sing covers and originals, mostly in Spanish, and we intersperse performances with explanatory remarks.

Biography

We perform guajiro music from Cuba, written and recorded originally by Miguel Matamoros, Guillermo Portabales, Los Guaracheros de Oriente, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Polo Montanez and more. This beautiful music is the soul of Cuba's countryside, and a primary source for modern day forms of Latin music ranging from salsa to bachata to reggaeton.

We have performed covers and originals in casitas, bars, clubs, libraries, hospitals, senior citizen homes, churches, and fighting off smoke from la caja china. But what we like most of all is to take our musical message to school settings where we offer performance-lectures on the history of Cuban folk music and its connections to Cuban poetry, especially the poetry of Nicolas Guillen.

We also have an exciting music-text collaboration titled "Cuban Suite" with Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes. This includes Cecilia performing a set of original poems, including her epic, "Cuban American Manifesto," with musical support from Kimbombo.

We do workshops, too! We can work with students one on one or in groups to teach and discuss the basics of son, montuno, guajira, and more. Let us make Cuban folk music a part of your curriculum in Caribbean or Latin American studies, literature, history, world music, humanities, modern languages, etc.



Discography

"El Ministerio de Alegria" is our full length CD. Streaming cuts are available here, and at the Soundcloud link below.

"Everyday Chica: Music and More" is our full length CD in collaboration with Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés. Streaming cuts are available here, the CD is for sale on Amazon.com, and you can view performances video, "Cuban Suite," by clicking on the links below.

Set List

Typical recent gig was a reception for a College Board national meeting at Walt Disney World's Dolphin Hotel. We played two 45-minute sets with a mix of 3 covers to 1 original.

Originals:
"Tu Chocolate"
"Si Te Digo Que Te Quiero"
"Son de Osama"
"Songoro Obama"
"Lindo Resplendor"
"No Soy Un Hombre Puro"
"Si Te Digo Que Te Quiero"

Covers:
"El Carretero"
"Son de la Loma" "Guantanamera"
"Lagrimas Negras"
"Asi No Papacito"
"El Amor de Mi Bohio" "Alborada"
"Guateque Campesino"
"El Cuarto de Tula"
"Junto al Palmar"
"El Parana"
"Lamento Borincano"
"Amanece"
"En Mi Viejo San Juan"