Kumpania Algazarra
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Kumpania Algazarra

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal
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"Mestizao Festival 2009 Brings Music Hybrids to Granada"

Thursday, December 25 2008 @ 06:31 AM EST

Contributed by: WMC_News_Dept.


The city of [Granada in southern Spain will host the 5th edition of Mestizao Festival. The festival focuses on mestizo music, which is a genre that encompasses various musical influences and hybrids. The event will take place Saturday, January 17 at Sala El Tren in Granada. The all night festival begins at 9 am and ends at 7 am the following day.

The artists featured will be:

* Che Sudaka, the new ambassadors of Latin American mestizaje (musical mixture that is produced when various musical styles mix)
* Exclusive show with Ojos de Brujo members: Max Moya (percusión and beatbox), Charly Sarduy (Trumpet) and DJ Panko (vocals and Dj)
* Paulo de Swardt, the latest project of Macaco's second vocalist
* Kumar, ragga and Latin hip-hop from Cuba
* Kumpania Algazarra, Portugal's leading Balkan and world-ska
* Maui y los Sirénidos, Granada's Mestizo Flamenco.

Concert schedule: 21:30 Maui & Los Sirénidos / 23:00 Kumpania Algazarra / 00:45 Che Sudaka / 02:45 Paul de Swardt / 03:20 Kumar / 03:55 Músicos Ojos de Brujo Show - WorldMusicCentral

"Algazarra in Mestizao"

"...una gratificante banda, nada más y nada menos que los reyes del ska balcánico y atlántico, los portugueses Kumpania Algazarra. La banda revelación del país vecino, aun desconocidos para la inmensa mayoría de los españoles, en Portugal pese a su juventud como banda ya son un clásico...probablemente sea la banda que mejor sabor de boca deje al público, y es que su directo es un festín en toda regla, su fusión viaja desde las músicas gitanas y balcánicas, hasta el ska o reggae jamaicano acelerado, desde el swing hipnótico al afro beat vibrante, los espectadores sean de la casta que sean siempre salen con una sonrisa de oreja a oreja, la fiesta y el baile está más que asegurados. - Mestizao


Kumpania Algazarra EP (2007)
Kumpania Algazarra - Kumpania Algazarra CD (2008)
Kumpania Algazarra Remixed (2011)



Their music hit the streets on a special day, a day almost like all the others. It was in 2004, in Sintra. Like some sort of an anti-routine crew, inspired by the muses of festivity, in an exciting dialogue between music and liveliness, they created a framework for dancing and blissfulness.

Their seeds, planted in the streets, flourished, as they started to perform on several stages.

The enthusiastic reaction of the public inspired the creation of new songs.

In 2005, the EP was released. The first steps on the way to internationalization were given. They performed in festivals in Spain and did a tour in Slovenia.

During their journey, they stood for anti-war initiatives, social, cultural and artistic causes, and supported immigrant communities, due to their engaged spirit.

In 2007, with live concerts filling the agenda, they are invited to participate in the recordings of other projects like Terrakota, Blasted Mechanism and Tucanas. But they had still time to record their first album, with their own songs.

2008 started with the release of the album Kumpania Algazarra, bringing together fragments of their experiences in the streets, gardens, alleys, squares, unusual places and improvised parties.

Their music is nomad, multilingual and universal.

They're influenced by a kaleidoscopic sonority: Balkan furor, Arabic drifting, Latin warmth, Afro-Beat refinement, and explosions of Turbofolk and Ska.

The result of this variety of influences, brought together by a unique and original fusion process, is an energetic and contagious moment.

Their lyrics invite to a reflection about the inhuman state of the world, and stimulate individual liberation.

This musical project brings freshness and enriches the world music made in Portugal, extinguishing geographical and age limits.