Palenke Soultribe
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Palenke Soultribe

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2007
Band Latin Alternative




"KCRW'S 89.9FM- Top Tune Of The Day."

"I must admit, the first time I put Palenke Soultribe in the player I danced in my living room. They are an Los Angeles-based band, exploring the Afro-Colombian connection with an electronic vibe. "
- Ariana Morgenstern Producer “Morning Becomes Eclectic” KCRW 89.9 FM - KCRW'S 89.9FM

"Review: Palenke Soultribe - Mar"

Palenke Soultribe make a completely unique style of music. The elements combined produce a sound that can be compared to so few artists in this day and age. A sound that still echoes of the history of some of those styles involved. Juan Diego Borda and Andres Erazo fuse afro-columbian and electronic sounds brilliantly, and 'Mar' is the shining example of how well they've developed this sound.

The fact is that their brand new album includes and defies recent modern influences. It shows how talented these musicians are. The unexpected elements, the guest vocalists each adding a different flavour to their respective tracks. One of our favourites is without a doubt 'Africa is the Mother of the Beat' feat. Script. Simply put, the track could live in the world of 'edm' if it were released as an instrumental. Instead it takes on a whole new aspect as dance music that is truly making a point.
It'll be no surprise to you that the last album in the 3 record project was so highly regarded. This a group that we hope to hear everywhere. From dj sets, to the next party you throw this music will liven things up and keep you moving. There are a few other artists we can think of who have such a lively, varied, universal sound and Palenke Soultribe stand in a league of their own. -

"A better Major Lazer record than the new Major Lazer record."

"The Colombia natives meld dancehall, cumbia and EDM into a party-starting punch. Mar, Palenke's new album, is a better Major Lazer record than the new Major Lazer record. Eat your corazón out, Diplo." - TimeOutChicago Sept 2013

"Interview at SXWS"

"Colombian flavor with rock and electronica, Palenke Soultribe is in a category all their own."

How did you come up with your band name?
"Palenke, although the real word is spelled "palenque," was the name of the black slaves in the 17th century that were escaping from the Spanish. They were able to bring all of their culture, music and traditions to the small villages they formed in the jungle. They say it was the first free territory before the surrounding countries. As for Soultribe, we just feel like we are a collective of musicians based on the soul, wanting to do great art. We are not trying to be big rock stars in a band." - Spinner Magazine

"Palenke Soultribe - "Oro" album review"

Electronic trio Palenke Soultribe seamlessly combines Colombian rhythms with Chemical Brothers-style beats to create its own joyous mix.

"Oro," the first album in a trilogy, packs together dance anthems, live funk and cumbia, with Colombian folk accordion and percussion. Inspired collaborations with members of Kinky, Locos Por Juana, Elastic Bond and other cutting-edge acts give "Oro" a boundary-busting sense of adventure. Particularly catchy are the fast-paced cumbia song "Celosa" (with Locos Por Juana) and the accordion-infused house track "Corazon Bonito." If you throw on "Oro," the party will be good for the next hour. - Billboard Magazine

"Trust me on this one... What a BOMB!"

"For those who are into the Latin sounds. Palenke Soultribe are releasing their EP. And trust me on this one.. What a BOMB!!" - Mad Decent


"[PST] are virtually killing it with one of the strongest releases for this season!!"
"a tribute to legendary Colombian singer Petrona Martinez, featuring a house remix of one of her most beloved tunes, Las Penas Alegres. AND TOTALLY SUPPORTED BY THE QUEEN HERSELF!" -

"Robert Moog Award Best Electronic Record Colombia 2005"

“10 Best Colombian Records of 2005
Robert Moog Award Best Electronic Record: Melodie Lounge 2005.

The track Daga En Pecho from Palenke Soultribe included in Melodie Lounge 2005 was written, recorded, mixed and produced by Juan Diego Borda at 59Studios in Bogotá, Colombia. - Semana Magazine December 2005

"Review of first live show in NYC"

“Palenke Soultribe visited New York for the first time and left a great impression! Their music still sounds inside people’s ears. An electronic platform that fusions Colombian folkloric rhythms; Great!!!
They are from L.A. and are stepping hard. J.Borda, Popa and Andres Zuluaga unfolded in New York a ton of folkloric rhythms to combine them with dance music. The result is a delicious cocktail of rhythms that sweet the listeners ears.” - NYC Divino Magazine Published: Aug 2007


“…Out of Colombia, LA’s PALENKE SOULTRIBE blends traditional music with electronic beats to match the tropics and heavens”

“…Palenke Soultribe’s producers J.Borda (aka Insectosound) and Popa have found a home at LA’s WCMUSIC for an album that has a feel of live performance as its tracks develop/dekonstruct their brand of folkloric beats and house.”
- United Kingdom

"Palenke Soultribe Band of the month"

“This month, the recommended vinyl record is proudly Colombian. Palenke Soultribe, a project founded in Colombia but based in Los Angeles, US. Their vinyl includes 4 songs that represent their unique style: A mixture of break-beats and progressive house, colored with folkloric rhythms hailing from the Colombian Atlantic and Caribbean coasts by using guiros, tamboras and accordions among other native instruments. The result is an interesting fusion of Colombian’s traditional sounds with the electronic tools that are available today.” - by Guiadel Ocio

"Palenke Soultribe, Artist of the Day"

“Palenke Soultribe combines synths with native instruments and drums to create a unique world beat sound definitely worth listening. Their latest release entitled “Tropic N heaven”, spans the spectrum of electronic music from break beats, house and progressive to world music, heavily influenced by native Colombian bands.”

- Palenke Soultribe Artist of the Day.

"PALENKE at Create Fixate"

“…Colombian groove maestros Palenke Soultribe have mastered the rare and exhilarating art of blending intoxicating musical elements ranging from folkloric beats, house, progressive, turntablism, and live instrumental performances, delivering a live show that never fails to captivate an audience.” - Los Angeles, USA

"Folklore that evolves at technology’s speed"

“Palenke Soultribe, electronic music project, formed by three Colombians that live in Los Angeles US, fusions folkloric elements from popular Colombian music with electronic sequences by using computers and live instruments.”

- Palenke Soultribe Band of the month.

"Lounge from Colombia to the World"

“Palenke Soultribe was selected along with other 17 artists to be part of, the most recent electronic music compilation made in Colombia. The album is a complete sample from today’s Colombian electronic music scene, from popular clubs to important festivals. Among other included artist in this compilation is Lucrecia, with a deep harmonic exploration, there is jazz echoes from Miles Davis in Ghava’s music, African close encounters in the proposals from Palenke Soultribe and La Morocha, erotic samples brought by Doctor Klub and South American chants with the band Sismo“. To submerge yourself, play the record, close your eyes and let yourself go.”

- Rolling Stone Magazine Spanish Version


MAY 2014 - official release "MAR" in Europe, distribution Benelux by Xango
2014 [video] "Oh Mama' ft. Son Palenque
2013 [video] "Blanco y Negro"

2013 [chart] NPR rates Album "MAR" among the best of 2013

2013 [release] Album "MAR"

2012 [video] "Makako"

2011 [release] Exclusive Nat Geo Release of "Palenke vs. Palenque"

2010 [video] "Te Veo" (2nd most-viewed video all-time on MTV3 behing only David Guetta and ahead of Shakira, Wisin y Yandel)

2010 [EP release] EP, "Wepalenke"

2010 [video] "Corazon Bonito"

2009 [chart] "Oro" becomes one of the top ten albums of the year on KCRW 89.9 (Los Angeles, CA)

2009 [chart] "No Voy a Morir" selected as the Song of the Day on KCRW 89.9 (Los Angeles, CA)

2009 [chart] "No Voy a Morir" selected as Song of the Week on iTunes

2009 [release] Album, "Oro"

2008 [release] Tropico & Cielo Remixes 

2008 [award] Winner of the 7th Annual IMA Vox Populi Awards in the DANCE/ELECTRONICA category

2007 [release] Tropico & Cielo Remixes I (Giovanny DJ Remixes)

2007 [finalist] Daga en Pecho selected as a finalist of the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards (Experimental category)

2007 [release] Sailaway Collective compilation includes The Color of your Dreams (Radio Edit)

2007 [release] Album, Tropic N' Heaven



NPR Alt Latino's 'Favorite pick' 2011 & 2013

: "The Colombia natives meld cumbia and EDM into a party-starting punch. MAR, Palenke's new album, is a better Major Lazer record than the new Major Lazer record. Eat your corazon [heart] out, Diplo."

Palenke Soultribe is a live and electronic band, fusing Afro-Colombian rhythms with underground beats. Originally formed in Colombia, now based in Los Angeles, the 4 piece band has claimed a spot in the Latin Alternative music scene by creating cutting edge music, staying true to their roots while pushing the envelope and by putting on highly energetic shows. 

Heavy weights like legendary Petrona Martinez and Son Palenque support PST's music and recognize them a new generation of Colombian musicians, spreading their music ever further. These veterans are also featured in a number of remakes and releases by the band, adding traditional samples to their work.
The band was formed by producer/bassist Juan Diego Borda (a.k.a. Insectosound) and producer/ keyboardist Andres 'Popa' Erazo in 2007. They are joined by versatile drummer Argel Cota and percussionist Clodomiro Montes, who includes the Colombian alegre drum.  

Palenke Soultribe's live show is a combustion of old palenque and cumbia, an LA underground sound, live percussion, heavy bass plus pre-programmed and live visuals! 

Tropical Bass: "a tribute to legendary Colombian singer Petrona Martinez, featuring a house remix of one of her most beloved tunes, Las Penas Alegres. AND TOTALLY SUPPORTED BY THE QUEEN HERSELF!"

Palenke Soultribe is gaining momentum in Latin America (regularly playing in Mexico, Colombia) and have had 2 tours in Europe in 2014.
Summer '14 they'll debut in Canada, playing Winnipeg Folk Festival!
PST will also be back in EU twice, playing Mundial Festival (Nl), Esperanzah (Be), Fusion (De), Paleo Festival Nyon (Ch), Sfinks (Be), Antilliaanse Feesten (Be), Dusseldorf (De) and more.

A professional and dedicated team is working with Palenke Soultribe to get their career to a higher level. Things are rolling, but a showcase at WOMEX would mean that extra push they need, to show professionals the potential, quality and content they have! Plus, to link to much needed partners. 


MAR, the band's 3rd full studio album was released in the the America's in 2013 and released in EU MAY 2014, Benelux distribution by Xango NL.

Andres Erazo - Vocals, Synths, Gaita flute & visuals
Juan Diego Borda - Vocals, Sequencer, Bass
Argel Cota - Drums
Clodomiro Montes - Percussion (incl. Colombian alegre drum) 

The band has experience in bringing their sound in different forms:
Available as DJ Insectosound (aka Juan Borda), as Soundsystem with percussion & vocals, or as semi-acoustic set up.

SXWS, Fusion Festival (De), Kokopelli Festival (Be), Chicago World Music Festival, Estereo Picnic Bogota (Co), Club Global Copenhagen (Dk), Piano's NYC, Tropicalia W DC and Grand Performances LA.
PST has shared the stage with Locos Por Juana, Bomba Estereo, Systema Solar and toured the US with Balkan Beat Box.

  • 2013 Fon Fest (Miami,USA)
  • 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine en Guanajuato (Mexico)
  • 2013 EUROPEAN "Mar" TOUR 2013 (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, France)
  • 2013 USA "Mar" TOUR 2013 (7 cities)
  • 2012 USA TOUR 2012 along Balkan Beat Box (9 cities)
  • 2012 Fusion Fest - Berlin, Germany
  • 2012, 2010 South by Southwest Music Conference - Austin, TX
  • 2011 Grand Performances - Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011, 2010 Winter Music Conference - Miami, FL
  • 2010 SHOCK Awards - Bogota, Colombia
  • 2010 Sunset Junction Festival - Hollywood, CA
  • 2010 Festival Estereo Picnic - Bogota, Colombia
  • 2010 Festival Centro - Bogota, Colombia

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